THE ROYAL Family spent Christmas at the Queen’s country estate in Sandringham, Norfolk. But what family tradition did Kate Middleton break this Christmas?
The royals were pictured arriving for their annual morning church visit in Sandringham on Christmas Day. Kate and Meghan were pictured walking alongside each other on their way in, where well-wishers were stood outside the church. The royals even stopped to chat to some fans outside.
What family tradition did Kate Middleton break this Christmas?
While speaking to well-wishers on Christmas Day, Kate told a royal fan Prince George and Princess Charlotte work up “very early” in the morning to open their presents.
But this means she broke royal protocol by allowing her children to do this.
The royal family traditional open their presents on Christmas Eve.
Robert Jobson, royal expert and author of bestseller “Charles at Seventy”, this royal tradition dates back to Queen Victoria.
He husband Prince Albert apparently insisted that they adopt the German tradition.
Mr Jobson told Express.co.uk : “Royals have done it every year since.
“On Christmas Eve when all the clan are together, the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren put the finishing touches to the 20ft Christmas tree in the White Drawing Room.
“Presents will be opened that day at tea time as the royals still keep to the German practice of opening their gifts on Christmas Eve.
“Gifts are laid out in the Red Drawing Room on a white linen-covered trestle table, with cards marking exactly where the piles of gifts should be put.”
Mr Jobson added the gift exchange also include another unusual tradition.
He said: “Once everyone has arrived, the royal guests enjoy a traditional Christmas that includes putting the finishing touches on the Christmas tree and the giving of cheap and humorous gifts.
“The monarch’s gifts are unlikely to be pricey.
“Touchingly for people who have everything, the royals tend to buy each other jokey things.
“A white leather loo suit was the star item one year. If Meghan is racking her brain for a Christmas gift for the Queen, she could take after the Duchess of Cambridge, who has also openly admitted she was left stumped over what to buy the monarch one year.”
Kate is well known for once making homemade chutney for the Queen.
In an interview last year for the ITV documentary, Our Queen at Ninety, the Duchess said: “I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present. I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’ And I thought back to what would I give my own grandparents.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK