It's perhaps only a Christmas wish that we'd ever spend the holidays with the Royal family, but we love to speculate what the festivities are like. Does Buckingham palace get decked out in miles of garland? Do Princess Charlotte and Prince George open presents under the Christmas tree? Will Prince Harry's new fiancé Meghan Markle be in attendance at Xmas dinner? Well, you don't have to guess, we carefully unwrapped just how a traditional royal family Christmas tends to go!
That's followed by a lavish black-tie dinner.
Let's be real, the Queen isn't going to give up her sense of propriety and tradition completely. At approximately 8 pm the entire family sits down for a dinner that's fit for a... well, you know. And no ugly Christmas sweaters are allowed: the gentlemen are expected to wear black suits while the women don gowns, jewels, and tiaras. The family dine on Norfolk shrimp, lamb or other fresh game from the estate, and guzzle vintage champagne. In spite of all the fanciness, we imagine that this time is used for the family to catch up properly, and hopefully not get embroiled in too many little tiffs!
And finally, everyone can settle down for a delicious Christmas feast.
At this point most of the household staff is formally dismissed; the Queen is mindful that they also have families. That's fine, though, the royals help themselves to a massive Christmas buffet (turkey is prominently featured). Then they all play charades as a family.
Apparently, the Queen is a charades master.
Sometimes, William, Kate and the kids break off from Christmas day activities and spend the holiday with the Middletons.
It should be noted that Will and Kate hold their own residence at Sandringham, Anmer Hall, establishing a degree of separation from the rest of the royals. And though it's not every year, in the past they've held private Christmases with the in-laws. Last year's festivities, in fact, were spent at Carole and Michael Middleton's home in Berkshire!