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Christmas With Elizabeth II: The Queen's Evening Tradition Isn't To Everyone's Taste

Date December 5, 2018 16:26

Christmas is a warm family holiday in which most of us try to spend with our close ones. Many families have their own traditions and rituals that make this day and eve so special.

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We have previously told you about some customs of the British royal family; for instance, that they are keen on pranking each other by giving unconventional presents as Kate Middleton once did.

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Every year, while the Buckingham Palace becomes the subject of interest for the people who want to see the festive laser show, the Windsors gather in cozy Sandringham House.

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However, before the formal dinner itself, Elizabeth II and Prince Philip still have many duties to fulfill. They sign season's greetings postcards. The Queen always ensures that the schools and churches in Sandringham get Christmas trees from her, and that the court office employees get Christmas puddings.

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The Queen and her husband usually arrive in Sandringham by train a few days earlier than the rest of the relatives to monitor the last-minute preparations. On Christmas Eve, the family always gathers to have tea and in the evening exchange small gifts.

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Notably, children don't sit at the same table with adults, which is, by the way, not that big – only 24 people can comfortably sit at it. On the festive day, the family heads for the church so that afterwards, in the evening, they can gather in the ballroom to watch Christmas movies.

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In the family circle, the conservative monarch is probably different from how we usually see her. Fairly recently, we have told you that the Queen received a fake hand which she could use for waving during official events, but she mainly used it to prank the relatives. Apart from that, as the Mirror reports, Elizabeth fancies playing charades – so this is exactly what the family does on Christmas eve.

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Holidays in Sandringham should always go smoothly and leave only pleasant memories to everyone present. For this reason, a schedule is made, which everyone follows and traditions are fulfilled. One of the most unusual ones is connected with playing charades: none of those present may go to bed until the Queen does. How do you like this rule? We wonder if it applies to children too.

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However odd some of the Windsor family traditions might seem, perhaps they are what makes the holidays special for them. Do you have any family traditions which are associated with this magical time of year?

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