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How The Royals Celebrate A Private Christmas

12/22/2016 at 11:42 | Posted by Brenda Matthews
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All of Great Britain has been abuzz about 90 year old Queen Elizabeth’s health since she and 95 year-old Prince Phillip delayed their annual train trek to their Sandringham Estate north of London to celebrate Christmas with the entire Royal family.

Today, reports “Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip have left for their winter vacation by helicopter after earlier delaying their trip because of “heavy colds.”

All is well.


When the Royals are ‘in country’ at their country estate, the celebrate Christmas much like the rest of the country.  Ok – just in a much more opulent setting, and some things on the menu are very British. Take Christmas pudding, and maybe parsnips, for instance.

Most of the Queen’s family will arrive by noon on Christmas Eve.


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(Photo by Alastair Grant – WPA Pool/Getty Images)


Per, ” The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.

Christmas morning, the family eats a hardy breakfast before heading off to church. 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. They stick with the same meal year after year. Once they’ve eaten, everyone sits down and watches the Queen’s Christmas speech.

Afterward, they all go their own way before coming together again for afternoon tea and traditional Christmas fruitcake, then they gather again in the evening, where a buffet dinner with 15-20 different items awaits them. It’s always a buffet with the chefs at the table carving.”

By the way, and I don’t know if it’s a British thing, or a ‘Royal thing,’ but they don’t do appetizers on Christmas like many do here in the U.S. Instead, appetizers and canapes are reserved for New Year’s Eve.


Merry Christmas – and cheers!



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