Why the royal children won’t open presents on Christmas Day

The festive season is just around the corner and in a matter of weeks, excited children all over the world will open their presents on Christmas morning.

 

 

But not Prince George, Princess Charlotte or Prince Louis, who — along with the rest of the Royal Family — have a very different tradition.

 

Together with Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby brother, Prince Louis, George and Charlotte will actually open their gifts on Christmas Eve.

 

“The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations,” former royal chef Darren McGrady told the Express.

 

“After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.”

 

 

This will be baby Louis’ first Christmas. Picture: Dominic Lipinski /WPA/Getty Images

 

This will be baby Louis’ first Christmas. Picture: Dominic Lipinski /WPA/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

 

 

The royal family’s website confirms: “On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime.”

 

 

They’ll open their presents a little earlier than most British kids. Picture: Steve Parsons/Pool/AFP

 

They’ll open their presents a little earlier than most British kids. Picture: Steve Parsons/Pool/AFPSource:AFP

 

 

It’s a tradition Meghan Markle will also have to get used to.

 

 

The Duchess of Sussex will be spending her first Christmas as an official member of the royal family this year and her mum, Doria Ragland, has reportedly been invited, too.

 

On Christmas Day, it’s an early start for the royals with not one but two church services in just three hours.

 

 

The “Fab Four” — Kate, William, Meghan and Harry — at last year’s Christmas service. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

 

The “Fab Four” — Kate, William, Meghan and Harry — at last year’s Christmas service. Picture: Chris Jackson/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

 

 

The first service, at 9am, is a private one for the family — so the Queen can take communion. They then return home for a change of clothes before the public service at St Mary Magdalene Church at 11am.

 

Royal children normally don’t join until they’re five, which means Prince George may attend his first service this year.

 

 

 

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