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Her Majesty hosted lunch for more than 20 of her family on Christmas Day. Among guests were Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, as well as their two children Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn. Princess Beatrice and her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi attended with their three-month-old daughter, Sienna.
They were joined by Eugenie, husband Jack Brooksbank and 10-month-old son August.
Prince Andrew joined them at Windsor Castle, but Sarah Ferguson spent her first Christmas as a grandmother alone.
The Duchess of York has spent Christmas apart from her daughters and the rest of the Royal Family ever since her divorce from Andrew 25 years ago.
Sources told the Daily Express that Fergie remained at the Royal Lodge residences she shares with her ex-husband, while the rest of the family celebrated three miles away at Windsor.
Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, also stayed away this Christmas. Instead, they spent the day with their children and the Middleton family at Anmer Hall.
Andrew let slip one of the Royal Family’s Christmas secrets in 2008, while attending Leeds Building Society’s newly-refurbished Albion Street headquarters.
The Duke of York was handed property board game Monopoly to mark the visit, but politely declined.
He revealed: “We are not allowed to play Monopoly at home.”
The Telegraph reported at the time that Andrew had said the game caused arguments within the family, and was banned as it “gets too vicious”.
Though the Royal Family might not pass go and collect £200 like many British families on Christmas Day, they do still follow a host of other traditions.
Christmas presents are a focal point of royal tradition.
In line with the Royal Family’s German heritage, presents are opened at 6pm on Christmas Eve.
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Throughout the day, royals head down to Sandringham’s Red Drawing Room to place presents on a table.
The late Prince Philip used to coordinate the integral tradition, according to royal author Brian Hoey.
Speaking in 2014, he said: “During the afternoon, they all creep down to the drawing room and secretly place their gifts on the table.
“The rule is that no one may open their parcel until given permission by Prince Philip who supervises the proceedings.”
Royals traditionally give each other cheap, jokey presents.
Prince Harry was known for pulling out all the stops with his presents for the Queen in previous years. He once bought Her Majesty a shower cap emblazoned with the slogan ‘Ain’t Life a B****’ in 2013, which she is believed to have found very funny.
Another year, he is reported to have gifted his grandmother a Big Mouth Billy Bass singing toy.
Not every member of the Firm has cottoned on to the tradition, however.
Nobody told Princess Diana of the custom ahead of her first Christmas with the royals in 1981.
Mr Hoey explained: “The inflexible rule is that everyone must open their gifts in front of the entire party and when they first saw Diana’s offerings, everyone — except her — thought it was hilarious.”
Having bought Princess Anne a Cashmere jumper, she received a toilet roll holder in return.
Diana followed tradition the following year however, and bought Fergie a leopard print bath mat.
Other comical gifts include the leather toilet seat Charles received from younger sister Anne, and the ‘Grow Your Own Girlfriend’ kit Kate once bought Harry.
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