Why Prince George and Princess Charlotte won't be opening presents on Christmas Day.

Everyone, please.

Light a candle for Prince George, his little sister Princess Charlotte and to a lesser extent Prince Louis who probably doesn’t even know what day it is – because this Christmas Day they shan’t be opening any presents.

Not even one. 

But before anyone goes calling the authorities, you should probably know that by Christmas morning they’ll likely already be sick of their toys, because they opened them the night before.

Yes. The royals are one of those families who gather around on Christmas Eve and exchange gifts calmly and respectfully.

“The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations,” Darren McGrady, a former chef for the royals, told the Express.

“After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.”


On the royal family’s website, it even states that all the gifts are laid out on a trestle table before being exchanged over tea.

But there’s a catch. 

The gifts are, according to The Telegraph UK“cheap and humorous”, which sounds like the kind of gift NO FIVE-YEAR-OLD WANTS. GIVE HIM A TRAIN SET FOR GOODNESS SAKE.

From what we’ve gathered, Grandpa Charles will not be dressed up as Santa yelling “Ho-Ho-Ho” after a few too many Carlton Draughts. Meghan Markle probably won’t be sweating in the kitchen trying to get the potatoes right in front of Kate who brought a fruit platter that George stepped on getting out of the car. William, it doesn’t seem, will take a nap half way through the day before picking a fight with grandma about politics at 8pm.

That is not – as far as we can tell – part of the family tradition.

The Queen will send out Christmas presents to all members of The Royal Household, as well as Christmas pudding.

Let’s just hope poor Prince George and Princess Charlotte don’t end up with a silly hat and colourful socks for Christmas.