Here's how the royal family spends Christmas every year

Here's how the royal family spends Christmas every year

 

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  • The royal family spends Christmas at the Queen's estate in Norfolk.
  • They have a black-tie dinner Christmas Eve, then exchange gifts at teatime and attend church on Christmas Day.
  • The Queen gifts 1,500 Christmas puddings to her staff and security forces.

Christmas is around the corner, and Buckingham Palace is already gearing up for another festive season.

The British royal family has many traditions dating back centuries — particularly around the holidays. With Kate Middleton's pregnancy and Prince Harry's engagement to Meghan Markle, their Christmas is sure to be merrier than ever.

Here's how the royal family celebrates Christmas.

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Members of the royal family gather around the tree and exchange hilarious gifts at teatime on Christmas Eve.

Holiday gifts.
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Not every part of their Christmas holiday is formal — members of the royal family are fond of getting each other gag gifts like shower caps and toilet seats, according to The Sun. They also play charades and pop open Christmas crackers.

The royal family then sits down to lunch, which is scheduled to last exactly 50 minutes.

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"After church, that's when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey, and all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert," Darren McGrady, former chef to the royal family, told Cosmopolitan.

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