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    15 Facts About The Royal Family Christmas That I Bet You Didn't Know

    Prince Harry once gave The Queen a shower cap that said "ain't life a b*tch".

    1. The Royals always send out Christmas cards featuring personal family photos.

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    The Royal family Christmas card list is very extensive, with The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh sending around 750 cards each year to family, friends, and heads of state. Her wrist must be pretty sore by the end of it as she hand signs every one!

    2. The Queen hosts a pre-Christmas lunch in the week leading up to Christmas for all her extended family.

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    It's a chance for the whole family to get together with around 50 guests in total. It also gives those marrying into the family a chance to get to know the family and vice-versa, with both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle both attending the lunch before they tied the knot.

    3. The Queen and the rest of the royal family usually spend Christmas day at the Sandringham Estate in the Norfolk countryside, but this year they are breaking the tradition.

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    For the first time in 33 years The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will not be celebrating Christmas at Sandringham House due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead this year they will stay at Windsor castle.

    4. In the past, when The Queen did visit Sandringham for Christmas, she often travelled there by public train.

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    In recent years The Queen has been known to slum it with the rest of us by travelling to King's Lynn station, (which is a 30 minute drive to Sandringham) by a public commuter train. Although she does of course always sit in first class.

    5. In keeping with their German heritage, The Royals open their presents on Christmas eve instead of Christmas day.

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    The Royals exchange gifts after having afternoon tea, with everyone in the immediate family receiving a gift from The Queen.

    6. And The Royals like to give one another joke Christmas gifts.

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    This quirky tradition makes a lot of sense for the family that could technically have anything they want. The Royals love a gag gift with Prince Harry reportedly gifting The Queen a shower cap that said "Ain't life a bitch" one year.

    7. The Queen and Prince Phillip gift over 1,500 Christmas puddings to their staff.

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    This tradition has been passed down from The Queen's grandfather, George V. The Queen used to gift staff members puddings from Fortnum & Mason and Harrods, but in recent years they have reportedly opted for the cheaper option of a £6 Tesco Finest pud.

    8. Prince William and Prince Harry enjoy an annual Christmas eve game of football with the estate staff.

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    It's certainly a good way to work up an appetite for Christmas dinner.

    9. Prince Phillip always finishes off the Christmas decorating by putting the gold star on top of the tree.

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    The Royals much like everyone else, decorate their own tree, with The Queen taking creative control. The royal children always help out with Prince Phillip adding the finishing touch.

    10. The Queen does all her shopping at Harrods in London.

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    The shop stays open after hours for the queen's personal shopping spree.

    11. Christmas day is a very formal affair with the men wearing black tie and the women in gowns.

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    The affair is quite intimate and only immediate family are invited, the children do not eat with the adults, they are relegated to the nursery until they are old enough to conduct themselves properly.

    12. And the Christmas dinner menu is reportedly in french.

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    It really is a fancy affair!

    13. The Royals always play a game of charades on Christmas day.

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    The family reportedly come together after Christmas lunch for a game of charades. Meghan is surely a force to be reckoned with, with her acting credentials!

    14. The Queen is a big fan of pulling Christmas crackers and telling jokes.

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    This is something she has reportedly enjoyed for years, and when she was younger it is said that she used to make up her own jokes to make the family laugh.

    15. And like many other households, they all gather round the TV at 3pm to watch The Queen's Christmas day speech.

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    At the end of the day, they really are just like you and me.

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