Royal Christmas at Sandringham

What does the [British] royal family do on Christmas in Sandringham? What presents do they give each other? Do they wear silly hats?

These are some of the questions we ask when the royal family is ‘far away’ in Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate. Thankfully, the Royal Central – my ultimate royal source – has the answers!

Who is in Sandringham this year?

  • Her Majesty The Queen
  • His Royal Highness Prince Philip
  • His Royal Highness The Duke Of York
    • Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York
    • Her Royal Highness Princess Eugenie of York
  • Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess Of Wessex
    • James, Viscount Severn
    • The Lady Louise Windsor
  • Mike and Zara Tindall
  • Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence
  • His Royal Highness The Prince Of Wales (Prince Charles)
  • Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Cornwall (Camilla)
  • Peter and Autumn Phillips
    • Savannah and Isla Phillips

What about the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge?

They will be spending Christmas with the Middletons. Read more here: Prince William & Catherine to spend Christmas at Middletons’.

And Prince Harry?

Prince Harry will be serving Christmas meals to junior soldiers in Afghanistan. Read Mirror’s article here.

What kind of Christmas tree will they have?

‘The Queen’s Christmas tree is a Norfolk spruce, approximately 20ft, and taken from the 1,000 acre Sandringham Estate.’

What’s the schedule like?

Christmas Eve:

  • Tea
  • Decorate Christmas Tree
  • Set up Christmas presents
  • Dinner
  • Evening drinks

Christmas Day:

  • English Breakfast
  • Christmas service
  • Christmas dinner
  • Queen’s Christmas message
  • Relaxing afternoon: walk the dogs, play charades, watch TV…

Boxing Day:

Annual pheasant shoot


To learn more about the royals, visit Royal Central’s website for more information!

Happy Christmas!