The tradition of the British royal family is that the exchange of gifts takes place every December 24. This custom is a tribute to the German heritage of the British monarchy. So every year family members arrive at Sandringham for the holiday season. The gifts are arranged on different tables so that each guest has their own stack. After they have decorated the Christmas tree and had afternoon tea, the royals proceed to the exchange of gifts. However, the exchange must take place at 6 p.m. sharp.
Unfortunately, this tradition will not be followed to the letter for Christmas this year. The late Prince Philip played an important role in this custom of gift-giving. The Duke of Edinburgh oversaw the exchange and told everyone when they were allowed to open their gifts. This year’s Christmas will be the Royal Family’s first Christmas without the beloved husband of the Queen of England. Prince Philip died at the age of 99 on April 9 of this year.
Christmas gifts should be cheap and cheeky according to tradition
Darren McGrady, a former royal leader, said: “Members of the royal family are of German descent, so they incorporate German traditions into their celebrations.” “After afternoon tea, they open the presents on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition,” he continues. There is a small peculiarity regarding the nature of the gifts to be exchanged.
The rule of tradition is that family members give each other cheap and cheeky gifts. Mirror recalls in this case that Prince Charles has already received a leather toilet seat as a gift. We also remember Queen Elizabeth’s “ain’t life a b ****” shower cap.
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