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Kate Middleton Lets Prince George, Princess Charlotte Break This Rule During Christmas

Christmas Day is very, very exciting for children - but of course the most exciting part is finding out if Santa has been and opening all those presents. But as millions of kids across the UK make wrapping paper mountains across their living room carpets come Christmas morning, things are traditionally quite different for the Royal Family

In line with their German heritage, the family open their presents on Christmas Eve - and it's a big occasion. Shortly after they arrive they all lay their gifts out on different tables, so each guest has their own little pile. Prince Philip used to oversee organising the gifts and telling everyone when they were allowed to open them.

The family exchange cheap joke presents, and in the past Kate bought Harry a 'Grow your Own Girlfriend' Kit and the Prince got his granny a "Life's a B****' shower cap. Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: "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." However, according to Kate tradition has changed in recent years - and there's a big chance George, Charlotte and Louis will break the rules next week.

Last year Kate let slip that they had been "up very early" on Christmas morning to open their gifts while chatting to well-wishers outside church. Speaking to Mary Berry during their festive TV show A Berry Royal Christmas, Kate explained how the Royal Family do things now. She said: "William's family's tradition is to open one Christmas present on Christmas eve, which is really lovely."

Senior members of the Royal Family always spend Christmas and New Year at Sandringham, the Queen's country estate in Norfolk. The royals haven't always spent Christmas at Sandringham, and when the Queen's children - Charles, Anne, Andrew and Edward - were small, Christmases were spent at Windsor Castle. But in 1988 when the castle was being rewired, the family uprooted to Sandringham and the festive season has been spent there ever since.

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