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PEOPLE Christmas with the Queen

PEOPLE Christmas with the Queen

PEOPLE Christmas with the Queen

In this lavishly illustrated special edition, People takes you inside the British royal family’s holiday traditions and customs, many carried from the Victorian era to today. From the Christmas plays that Queen Elizabeth appeared in as a child with her sister Margaret, to Prince Harry’s Christmas in Afghanistan, and Prince William and Princess Kate’s next generation traditions with their kids. Visit the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, that has played host to many a family celebration, go behind the scenes of the Queen’s annual Christmas Day address, and discover what it takes to deck the halls of a castle. Plus: the Windsors' holiday cards, their tradition of giving gag gifts, and a former palace chef’s recipe for plum pudding.

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Meredith Corporation
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christmas with the queen

Holiday Memories Even as an adult Princess Diana loved opening presents early. “A parcel of any shape or form has never been safe with me,” Diana (seen visiting a London children’s hospital in 1987) wrote in a 1985 letter to a friend. “And I fear that William has also picked up this dreadful habit from his mother, as I find wrapping paper undone in the most extraordinary places.” Prince William recently reported that his son George shares his mother’s trait. Read more about how Diana made the holidays special for her boys on page 58 and how William and Kate are carrying on traditions on page 78.…

8 min
how they holiday

FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE ROYAL FAMILY, Christmas is a time of public and private rituals suffused with a cozy familiarity. The Windsors routinely mark the yuletide at Sandringham, their 20,000-acre rural estate in Norfolk, about 100 miles northeast of London. There Queen Elizabeth II broadcasts her Christmas message to the world, in which she conveys sympathy for the less fortunate, encourages charity, discusses events from the past year and, on a lighter note, often gives updates on family milestones—she and Prince Philip have welcomed eight great-grandchildren in the past 10 years. Often she’ll include a reference to the message of the Christmas story; as the head of the Church of England, Elizabeth takes her faith seriously. She steers away from politics, but last year, with her country divided…

3 min
the princesses’ holidays

IN 1940 THE “DARKEST HOUR” tolled just months after Great Britain declared war on Germany. Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth wept on May 10 when Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who had sought to appease Hitler, announced his resignation over the radio. Two days later Lillibet, as she was then known, and Margaret Rose, 9, were secretly packed off to the comparative safety of Windsor Castle, 21 miles west of London. There they spent the duration, only occasionally venturing beyond the medieval walls. Their parents visited on weekends and holidays. The princesses found ways to enliven their confinement, notably at Christmas. Inspired by a charity concert at Windsor’s Royal School, vivacious Margaret proposed to headmaster Hubert Tannar the idea of performing Christmas benefit plays, called pantomimes. Tannar would write four wartime “pantos,” raising money for…

2 min
the queen’s speech

AT MY CORONATION NEXT JUNE, I SHALL DEDICATE MYSELF ANEW TO YOUR SERVICE… I WANT TO ASK YOU ALL, WHATEVER YOUR RELIGION MAY BE, TO PRAY FOR ME ON THAT DAY. TO PRAY THAT GOD MAY GIVE ME WISDOM AND STRENGTH TO CARRY OUT THE SOLEMN PROMISES I SHALL BE MAKING—QUEEN ELIZABETH, 1952‘I VERY MUCH HOPE THAT THIS NEW MEDIUM WILL MAKE MY CHRISTMAS MESSAGE MORE PERSONAL AND DIRECT. IT IS INEVITABLE THAT I SHOULD SEEM A RATHER REMOTE FIGURE TO MANY OF YOU… BUT NOW AT LEAST FOR A FEW MINUTES I WELCOME YOU TO THE PEACE OF MY OWN HOME’—QUEEN ELIZABETH, 1957‘IT’S WORTH REMEMBERING THAT IT IS OFTEN THE SMALL STEPS, NOT THE GIANT LEAPS, THAT BRING ABOUT THE MOST LASTING CHANGE. AND SO I WISH YOU ALL…

3 min
to grandmothers house we go

FOR THE BRITISH MONARCHY, Sandringham has grown synonymous with Christmas. The 20,000-acre estate in Norfolk, which includes several villages, a farm, park and splendid formal gardens, has served as a bucolic royal retreat for more than 150 years. The Queen has called Sandringham “an escape place,” adding that its farm makes it “a commercially viable bit of England.” The estate truly comes to life at the holidays, when the royal family gathers for a range of public and private festivities, highlighted by the Queen’s annual address to the nation and the traditional Christmas morning walk; each Dec. 25, the Windsors depart Sandringham House, the vast, ornate main residence, and head on foot to 16th-century St. Mary Magdalene Church for 11 a.m. services. The 17-minute stroll has become something of a spectacle,…

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holiday best

The Bright Stuff In the gray of winter Queen Elizabeth appears, more often than not, looking the essence of spring. Not for her the somber colors of the season or the hackneyed green and red Christmas combo, rather the luminous pastels and cheery colors associated with Easter. Famously the monarch, 94, opts for vibrant hues so her subjects can easily spot her. “Don’t forget: When she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep,” her daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, explained in the documentary The Queen at 90. “Someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the Queen’s hat as she went past.”…