Queen has 'corny' habit during Royal Family Christmas celebrations


Speaking to SAGA Magazine, royal expert and author Phil Dampier said: “[The royals] have their own bespoke crackers, with gold or silver crowns.

“The Queen loves reading out the corny jokes.”

Going into further detail on the Palace’s Christmas traditions, Mr Dampier added: “The royals open their presents on Christmas Eve, creating a scene described by the Queen’s nephew, the Earl of Snowdon, as a ‘total uproar’.

“The adults exchange cheap joke gifts, with Prince Harry once giving the Queen a shower cap with ‘Ain’t life a b****’ printed on it.”

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This year, just like last, the Royal Family’s festive period has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to the rapid spread of the Omicron strain throughout the country, Her Majesty, 95, cancelled her usual trip to Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and decided to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Windsor Castle instead.

Her Majesty, however, was not there.

It is her first Christmas without her late husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who died last April, and while it is believed it was her decision to stay at Windsor Castle, it is not known yet how she is feeling both from a health and an emotional perspective on this special day.

Over the past three decades, relatives of the Monarch have travelled to Sandringham on Christmas Eve and celebrated with her.

On Christmas morning, all of the guests would walk from the estate to St Mary Magdalene church while the queen would be driven there.

Then, after the service, they would all gather for a grand lunch at the Queen’s Norfolk residence.

Like for so many families across the nation, COVID-19 has enforced some changes.

Yet, it is hoped that despite the difficulties, there remains space for jokes and crackers.


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