Royal news: Queen’s Christmas card list REVEALED – who will get a card this year?
THE QUEEN will be getting ready to send out hundreds of Christmas cards soon as December approaches. Who will she send cards to this year?
Christmas celebrations for the royal family are like any other, with decorations, cards and indulgent meals all prominently. As is traditional with the Royals however, there are set traditions and interactions the family will take part in each year. Among these are opening presents on Christmas Eve, and spending the day at Sandringham.
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Before all of this however, the Queen and her family have some important duties to undergo.
Who is on the Queen’s Christmas card list?
The Queen sends out a royal Christmas card every year, specially made for the monarch’s extensive list of recipients.
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Accompanied by her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, the couple will send out over 750 cards.
Normally the list includes people close to the Royal Family, mainly close family members and friends.
However, given the official nature of the royals, there are also a selection of foreign and national figures who will receive a card.
British and Commonwealth Prime Ministers, as well as the High Commissions and Governor-Generals may also get a card.
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International dignitaries outside of the Commonwealth normally aren’t recipients.
Prince Philip is known to send out roughly 200 cards himself, to organisations close to his heart.
The Queen and Philip will also release greeting cards with the 1500 Christmas puddings bought for the royal staff.
This year’s Christmas card list is likely to remain the same.
How does the Queen celebrate Christmas?
Much like the rest of the World, the Queen’s Christmas plans revolve around family.
However, rather than deciding which house to go to for the day, the Queen decides which palace the royals will congregate in.
Years ago, this would have meant Windsor castle, however while the castle was being renovated in the late 20th century, they moved to Sandringham House in Norfolk.
The Royal Family’s celebrations have been held there ever since.
When it comes to presents, the Royal Family will exchange theirs on Christmas Eve, while having tea.
On the day itself, the family is quite busy, attending a morning service near Norfolk, and the Queen will hand out presents to her family personally.
Much beforehand however, the Queen will have prepared her annual Christmas message, which she delivers on the day, or in some instances pre-records.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK