Prince George and Princess Charlotte get a helping of extra Christmas magic each year with a very special treat from their granny.
In her first ever interview, Carole Middleton revealed just how she likes to celebrate the most magical time of the year – by spoiling her two eldest grandchildren.
Five-year-old George and three-year-old Charlotte each get their own Christmas tree in their bedrooms.
She told the Telegraph she likes to have as many trees around the house as possible, including one in each of the grandchildren’s rooms “so they can decorate it themselves”.
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The future king’s grandmother is said to have then taken a long pause, before admitting: “That makes me sound as though I live in a mansion, doesn’t it?”
In the lengthy interview published today (December 1), Carole also discussed how she likes to ‘live as normally as possible’ at home in Bucklebury, West Berkshire.
The arguably second most famous grandma on the globe didn’t reveal much else about her very own Christmas tradition and there was no mention of the newest addition to the family, Pippa’s one-month-old baby boy, Arthur Michael William Matthews.
The royal family is known for celebrating Christmas in style and keeping up various traditions.
The Queen asks her members of staff, all 500 of them, what they’d like so she can start buying gifts as early as March.
Then, a week before Christmas, staff gather in the State Apartments and one by one come forward to receive their gift from the Queen – all of which are bought from Harrods.
In recent years, it has become tradition for Princes William and Harry to play a Christmas Eve football match alongside workers from the Sandringham Estate, with the Princes always on opposing sides.
They usually wear the socks of their favorite teams – Aston Villa for William and Arsenal for Harry – and they take it pretty seriously.
But there’s nothing serious around the red drawing room at the estate come Christmas Eve, when the royals hand each their gag gifts to one another.
The rules are that no-one should open their present until given permission by Philip, who supervises the proceedings, and that every present should be a cheap “joke gift”, and the cheaper the better.
Source : BirminghamMail