Why Queen Elizabeth Never Opens Presents on Christmas Day
So what does the Queen and her family do come December 25th?
Sure, attending royal weddings and having a giant birthday procession is cool and all, but what could beat being the reigning monarch during the magical holiday season?
Of course, being a member of the royal family means there's a lot of time-honored traditions you'll be participating in throughout the year, and Christmastime is no exception. According to the royal family's official website, the Queen and her family spend Christmas at Sandringham House, an estate in Norfolk, England. "During the sixties, when Her Majesty's children were small, many Christmases were celebrated at Windsor Castle, where The Royal Family spends Easter. But since 1988, when the castle was being rewired, Royal Christmases returned to Sandringham," the website explains.
Though most exchange Christmas gifts on the actual holiday — perhaps with the exception of opening one special gift Christmas eve — the royal family opens all of their gifts on Christmas Eve, when they "...lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime."
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Meanwhile, on the actual day it's time to get dressed to head to the chapel. "The Queen and other members of The Royal Family attend the morning service on Christmas Day at St Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, a country church visited by The Queen's Great-Great Grandmother Queen Victoria, which dates back to the 16th century," the website explains.
As for decorations, Buckingham Palace truly dazzles during the holidays. Step inside the royal family's private Christmas world here. Inspired to give your own home a taste of the royal treatment? Shop the Royal Collection for all things merry, plush, festive, and bright.