How sweet! Queen Elizabeth spends every Christmas at her Sandringham Estate, but she’s never alone. In fact, many members of the royal family join her for the holiday festivities — and it’s something she looks forward to.
“The Queen especially loves Christmas because she has her entire family under one roof. She wants to do things with the family, but she still does her boxes, even on Christmas Day. She always puts work before pleasure,” Princess Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, revealed to Daily Mail.
Elizabeth, 92, focused on the importance of family and respect in a preview of her annual Christmas speech. “Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance,” she said. “Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding.”
She continued, “I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone; it’s needed as much as ever.”
This year, Kate Middleton and Prince William and Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be in attendance despite their rumored feud. “The Queen uses a three-line whip. You’re invited, you don’t refuse, you don’t ever turn the Queen down,” Burrell also noted.
He also shared that entire weekend of festivities is all timed, which means there’s no room for a schedule change. “Even on Christmas Day, it’s all timed. You can’t say you ‘feel woozy, let’s have dinner later,'” he said. And at dinner, you’re expected to socialize. “You have to sit next to someone you’ve not sat next to before, making polite conversation. There’s no opting out.”
Hopefully, Kate and Will and Harry and Meg will put their differences aside and enjoy the holiday — perhaps over some wine (not pregnant Meghan though, of course). Burrell shared, “I’ve never seen any member of the Royal Family totally drunk and being helped to bed, but certainly I’ve seen them merry — and Christmas is that time.”
Join our Facebook group for the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, and all things royal!