King Charles very unique Christmas gifts revealed
In a matter of days, December will be upon us, with thoughts already turning to the upcoming Christmas period.
This year will be especially poignant for the British royal family given that it will be King Charles' first since acceding the throne, following the death of his mother the Queen.
In his role as the monarch, the King will continue traditions that have been performed for many years – including the gifts he gives out.
Prior to her passing in September, the Queen gave out a number of Christmas trees from her Windsor Crown Estate. It's a tradition that was started in 1937 by her father, King George VI – and now her son will take on the job.
As well as donating money to several charities in Windsor each Christmas, the Queen would gift Christmas trees each year to Westminster Abbey, St. Paul's Cathedral, St. Giles' Cathedral and the Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh.
Churches and schools in the Sandringham area would also receive a tree from Her Majesty.
Continuing another tradition from her father, King George VI and her grandfather, George V, the Queen also gave Christmas puddings to her staff.
About 1500 Christmas puddings paid for by The Queen (through the Privy Purse) were distributed to staff throughout the Palaces, staff in the Court Post Office and Palace police. Each pudding was accompanied by a greeting card from The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.
It’s highly likely that King Charles will continue the festive traditions followed by his beloved 'mama'.
However, Royal Expert Jennie Bond has guessed King Charles will choose to remove some traditions and make the day much more informal too.
She went on to say that she does not think the King's Christmas Speech will be aired live, just like his mother before him.
"I’m sure he’ll record it a few days before and it’s bound to have some reflection on their loss," the presenter commented, going on to say that the prospect of the Royals all sitting down to watch the address is "archaic" and may be scrapped.
It's not known whether the royal family will all head to Sandringham estate in Norfolk for Christmas Day as they have in the past.
It is also not known if the royal family will continue the Queen's tradition of leaving up the Christmas decorations until February to honour her late father.
During the sixties, when the Queen's children were small, many Christmases were celebrated at Windsor Castle, where the royal family spends Easter. But since 1988, when the castle was being rewired, Royal Christmases returned to Sandringham.
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