Christmas may still be a way off, but no matter the time of year, it’s fascinating to find out about the holiday traditions of the royal family. They actually have strict regulations during the festive season – but when they exchange presents with one another, those rules don’t necessarily apply.
Meghan Markle, the newest member of the bunch, was in 2017 faced with the unenviable task of buying appropriate gifts for all of her soon-to-be in-laws. And that included her groom-to-be’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II – perhaps the hardest person in the world to buy a Christmas present for.
A royal Christmas celebration is no casual event; in fact, they’re each extremely regimented affairs. Reportedly, guests attending the palace parties are given schedules and room maps so that they always know where they’re meant to be and when. They even have to arrive in order of rank, which adds a whole new level of complication to proceedings.
Then there are the dresses. “The family comes down for breakfast dressed in their church outfits – usually a day dress or a smart suit with pearls for the women,” royal biographer Claudia Joseph told Vogue in December 2017. “For lunch on Christmas Eve, the men wear suits, and the women wear smart silk dresses, but they change into black tie and glamorous gowns for dinner.”