Prince George and Princess Charlotte broke royal tradition on Christmas Day

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    It’s that weird bit between Christmas Day and New Years Day where you’ve eaten approximately 19 leftover sandwiches, endless trays of Ferrero Rocher and have seen all the best Netflix Christmas films at least twice.

    But while we cosy up on the couch and enjoy the last few days of the holiday, what are the royals up to?

    We know that on December 25th, this is what a royal Christmas dinner looked like (hint: there’s a lot more than turkey on offer at Sandringham), and that they uphold some very unusual festive traditions like the yearly weigh-in before and after their feast.

    And while the majority of us wait until Christmas Day to open our presents, the royals tend to exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve instead, a tradition they have upheld since Queen Victoria was on the throne. Usually, once the whole family has arrived at Sandringham, they’ll open their presents and then prepare for the busy day ahead.

    However, this year Prince George and Princess Charlotte reportedly broke royal tradition by waiting until Christmas Day to unwrap their gifts from Santa.

    As Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arrived at a Christmas Day church service, one royal fan spoke to the Duchess of Cambridge who revealed that her two eldest children were up early to open their presents.

    Talking to The Express, royal expert Robert Jobson, author of Charles at Seventy, talked about where the family’s Christmas Eve tradition comes from and how they have kept it going since Queen Victoria’s reign.

    He said: ‘Royals have done it every year since.

    ‘On Christmas Eve when all the clan are together, the Queen’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren put the finishing touches to the 20ft Christmas tree in the White Drawing Room.’


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