Their mother Kate Middleton confessed Prince George and Princess Charlotte didn’t stick to the family’s German festivities when it came to their Christmas presents.
For the most of us with children, our Christmas day usually begins the same way every year, with little ones running down the stairs to find their presents under the tree.
The Royals though have their own traditions – which they usually stick to.
It is known that the entire royal family traditionally spends Christmas and New Year at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in Norfolk. What’s less well known is that the royal family normally open their presents on Christmas Eve, a legacy of the Queen’s German heritage.
“The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations. After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition,” said Darren McGrady, a former royal chef.
But mum Kate confessed outside church today that little Prince George and Princess Charlotte were “up very early” on Christmas morning to open their gifts.
She told a royal fan waiting outside the church on the estate, hoping to get a glimpse of the family.
Kate appeared alongside her husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle at the service.
The Duchess’ were all smiles as they walked side by side, just as they had done last Christmas, with Harry and William, past their fans.
Many media reports claim there is a rift between the royal women.
There have been rumors of a dispute over who reprimands staff, some tensions during Princess Charlotte’s bridesmaid dress fitting and claims that Harry and Meghan’s move from London to Frogmore Cottage in Berkshire is due to Meghan’s and Kate’s bad relationship.
But as they walked with the rest of their family the short distance from the Queen’s Sandringham home to St Mary Magdalene Church they laughed and seemed deep in conversation.
Missing was Prince Phillip, who’s in good health and spending the day relaxing with the family, and the Duchess of Cornwall, who is still suffering from a cold.
But some royal fans saw Peter Phillips arrive holding his daughters Savannah and Isla’s hands, and Princess Beatrice walking with his wife Autumn Phillips.
Other royal family members who attended include the Prince of Wales, Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and Zara and Mike Tindall.
The Queen arrived in her state limousine with the Duke of York.