This Christmas, Prince George will experience an age old royal tradition. Baby George will go with his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to spend the holiday with the rest of the royal family at Sandringham, an estate owned by his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, on England’s east coast. Not only is it George’s first Christmas, but also the first time three heirs to the throne (Prince Charles, Prince William, and Prince George) will celebrate together.
According to ABC News, the royal family, who gather at the queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk for Christmas, exchange humorous gifts on Christmas Eve instead of lavishing expensive presents on each other.
Royal expert Victoria Murphy said: “Legend has it that, despite having enough money to afford luxury gifts, the royal family instead gives each other joke presents.
“Perhaps Prince George will get something funny from his relatives. I also think he will be inundated with gifts from the public, just as he was when he was born. He is one lucky little prince!”
Meanwhile, despite spending Christmas with her parents Carole and Michael Middleton last year, Duchess Catherine isn’t expected to join them this year, nor are they likely to be invited to enjoy the festive season with the royals.
Victoria added: “Royal Christmas is steeped in tradition, and there is absolutely no precedent for in-laws being invited for Christmas. William and Kate spent last Christmas with her family, and I think this year they will see the Middletons at a different point over the festive period, and probably for New Year’s.”