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Weighing her guests, decorating the Christmas tree… And other curious habits that marked the daily life of Queen Elizabeth

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Christmas cards

There is a less mysterious and more proven tradition: that of Christmas cards. Members of the royal family are keen to respond to wishes and send their own. Thus, the queen signed 900 cards from her hand. Kate and William send many more cards on their side.

The football match

Every Christmas, William and Harry used to play a game of football with the Sandrigham staff members. In 2021, the match did not take place given the cancellation of the festivities due to coronavirus. That being said, without this cancellation, the match between brothers probably would not have taken place, since the relations between the two brothers became complicated and Harry had decided not to go to Sandrigham.

Christmas tree and gifts

The tradition is that all the guests decorate the Christmas tree. And more precisely, it is the grandchildren who bring the final decorative touch to the tree, before the queen herself can check the overall consistency of the tree decoration.

The gifts under the tree are offered and opened on the eve of Christmas Day, with a small peculiarity: the members of the royal family give funny gifts to each other. The staff is not forgotten. He also received from the hand of the queen gifts, gift vouchers and pudding.

Christmas dinner: proper attire required

In addition to the traditional dishes around the turkey, it would be customary according to the specialized magazines that the women dress with luxurious dresses and precious jewels, while the men would be required to wear a black tie during the meal of Christmas.