There Is A Good Reason Why The Royal Family No Longer Spends Christmas At Windsor Castle

Date September 24, 2018

Just like many other families around the world, the British royal family celebrates Christmas with bells and whistles that come with the season. For them, it is the time to be merry and share the joy. They also have their own traditions, some of which have lasted for decades, and others are relatively new.


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Usually, the closest members of the family meet at a country home in Norfolk, but this tradition has taken the backseat in recent times. With the new generation of royals starting their own families, it seems everyone has their own special thing now.


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Her Majesty usually attends a church service, donates to charity and mingles with the locals afterward. The royals are also big on gifts, and of course, they never miss their Christmas dinner, which always starts at 7 p.m. sharp.

It wasn't always at Sandringham

Once upon a time, the royal family celebrated their Christmas at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. The tradition began during the reign of King George VI, her Majesty’s father. After he passed away, the Queen continued the tradition.

Interestingly, Sandringham is also where the first Christmas tree was 'born'. Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, revealed to HELLO! that she also preferred Sandringham as the family meeting point, as Christmas and the season coincided with the anniversary of her father’s death.

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In a sense, the castle had a double meaning. However, it was not always the preferred location for the royal Christmases. Since the 12th century, the royals celebrated Christmas at Windsor Castle. However, after the fire of 1992, the Queen decided to move Christmas to Sandringham.

Back in 2013, the royal family attended Christmas Day service at Sandringham Estate as expected, stopped to take pictures and receive gifts from the locals. The Duchess of Cambridge was pregnant with Princess Charlotte at the time.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Zara Tindall, her husband Mike, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, and Prince Andrew also attended the service. This year, the royal family has a few more people joining the Christmas party, so we're looking forward to finding out what Sandringham holds.

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