And this was evident one year when Anne – known for her wit and sharp tongue – delivered a gift to her eldest brother Charles that got the royals giggling.
According to Channel 4’s ‘A Very Royal Christmas: Sandringham Secrets’ documentary, “gag gifts” are a particular favourite.
Speaking in the documentary, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl explained: “If you can achieve something that is tongue in cheek, and will have the Queen laughing, then you’ve really done well that Christmas.
“The more kitsch, the better.
“Nothing ostentatious, or terribly expensive or lavish, that doesn’t really go down well with the Queen.”
Others to witness some of the hilarious gifts exchanged included former royal butler Paul Burrell, who admitted the “royals love lavatorial humour”.
In line with the Queen’s wishes of novelty or practical gifts to get a laugh on Christmas Day, Anne opted to give Charles – next in line to the throne – a toilet seat.
Mr Burrell added: “It’s the public school upbringing — and why wouldn’t Prince Charles like a white, leather loo seat from his sister Anne?”
Former royal press secretary Dickie Arbiter also explained why this gift was particularly appropriate for Charles.
He said: “What is it we used to call the loo? We would call it the throne.
“You go and sit on the throne.
The toilet seat could also have been a nod to suggestions that Charles opts to carry his own toilet seat with him wherever he travels.
But when he was pressed about this during a radio interview in Australia, Charles told the hosts to “not believe all that c**p”.
His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, backed Charles, adding: “Don’t you believe that.”
Speculation regarding this began following the publication of royal biographer Tom Bower’s 2018 piece ‘Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles’.
A truck which “contained nothing less than Charles and Camilla’s complete bedrooms, including the Prince’s orthopaedic bed, along with his own linen”, Mr Bower claimed.
Mr Bower added: “His staff had also made sure to pack a small radio, Charles’ own lavatory seat, rolls of Kleenex Premium Comfort lavatory paper, Laphroaig whiskey and bottled water for both bedrooms plus two landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.”
These reports seemed to be put to bed when Charles publicly rubbished them.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK