​The Queen Has Some Very Strict Rules For When Royals Open Christmas Presents

It has been revealed that the Queen has some very specific rules for when the royals are allowed to open their Christmas presents and what the gifts should be.

Apparently, the Royal Family has a tradition dating back decades, and although you're probably asking what do you buy the family who has everything, the Queen has already got it figured out.

By orders from the Queen the family are only allowed to buy each other joke presents,and the cheaper they are, the better.

The Queen asks for everyone to buy each other a joke present. (Credit: PA)
The Queen asks for everyone to buy each other a joke present. (Credit: PA)

The Royal Family sit down at 6pm exactly on Christmas Eve in the red drawing room at Sandringham and open their gifts.

But that afternoon the family members have to sneak down and place the gifts without being spotted by anyone.

In the red drawing room tables are laid out and sections are marked off with tables to show where each family member's and any of the Queen's household who is on duty for the weekend's presents should be.

The Royal Family have a busy Christmas Day so open presents on Christmas Eve. (Credit: PA)
The Royal Family have a busy Christmas Day so open presents on Christmas Eve. (Credit: PA)

There are just three rules for the Royals to follow which are no-one should open their present until given permission by Prince Philip, who supervises the proceedings, every present should be a cheap 'joke gift', and the more inexpensive, the better.

Some of the more memorable Christmas presents in the past include a 'Ain't life a b*tch' bath hat given to the Queen by Harry.

A grow-your-own-girlfriend kit for Harry was gifted by Kate back in the day, and let's not forget the interesting white leather toilet seat given by Princess Anne to Prince Charles.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: "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."

The Royal Family will also gift over 1,500 Christmas puddings to palace staff which is a tradition introduced by her father, King George VI and her grandfather George V.

The whole family will also dress up in black tie for an intimate family dinner.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Bethany Gleave

Bethany Gleave is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52 and joined the team in 2018. She is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from the University of Salford, and started her career at a national press agency, writing breaking and trending news for the national newspapers.

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