Royal family: What would the Queen do on Christmas Day if she was in Sandringham instead of Windsor Castle?
It was announced earlier this week that the Queen has decided to move her traditional Christmas celebrations from Sandringham House in Norfolk to her permanent residence at Windsor Castle.
Royal sources said: “The decision was personal after careful consideration and reflects a precautionary approach.”
While the day will be incredibly different for the Queen and all of her family, what would they do if they celebrated normally at Sandringham Estate?
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The Queen celebrated the holiday season at Sandringham House in Norfolk for many years, even before taking the throne.
The young princess traveled from King’s Cross station to visit her grandparents for the holidays when she was little.
The 95-year-old monarch will no doubt be upset not to spend her first Christmas without Prince Philip away from her normal winter home, but it is understood that she will be kept company by her family.
Normally, the Royal Family have a regular schedule to which they stick on the big day, which includes everything from a visit to the church to a traditional Christmas lunch.
Like many of us, the Queen gets up very early on Christmas morning, but not to run downstairs and tear up her presents. Instead, she goes to church before the rest of her family.
Her Majesty is taken to the Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church to receive a private communion, she is then joined by the other members of the royal family at 11 a.m. sharp.
The Queen is then driven back to the main house while the other royals chat with the crowd before returning for lunch.
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During his 38-minute appearance on Apple’s Time to Walk podcast, Prince William fondly recalled his happy memories of returning home.
He recalled: “I have strong memories of walking here, and my grandfather, he walked so fast that there were huge gaps and spaces between all of us on the way down, and there was us at the rear with little legs trying to keep up.
When they return, the family will soon be sitting down for their Christmas lunch. And, according to former Royal Chef Darren McGrady, the menu is surprisingly normal.
It was the same meal every year, ”said McGrady. “They’re actually boring when it comes to festivities. They didn’t make ham or anything, just traditional turkeys.
McGrady added, “The turkey is served with roasted mashed potatoes, chestnut or sage and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce and bread sauce. Vegetables include Brussels sprouts, carrots and roasted parsnips.
A traditional homemade Christmas pudding is served after the main meal and is “decorated with holly, sprinkled with brandy, and the palace steward would carry it, flamboyant, into the royal dining room,” says McGrady.
At 3 p.m., the Queen’s pre-recorded Christmas message is broadcast to the nation.
The speech originated when the Queen’s grandfather gave his first festive message on the radio in 1932.
The Queen gave radio speeches from the start of her reign in 1952 until 1957, then made history by choosing to broadcast the speech on television instead.
The rest of Christmas Day is incredibly relaxed, with the family taking part in games such as charades.
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