'Striking' similarities between Meghan Markle and Princess Diana
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The Queen has cancelled the usual festivities at Sandringham this year, due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases across the UK. The Omicron variant has swept through much of Europe and has also caused Her Majesty to cancel a traditional pre-Christmas meal at Buckingham Palace with extended family. The Queen will instead be staying at Windsor Castle for her first Christmas without her beloved husband Prince Philip.
The Royal Family traditionally meet on Christmas Eve and exchange gifts that day, in keeping with their German background.
The royals also have a tradition of gifting one another joke presents, however it appears no one thought to tell the Princess of Wales before first Christmas with the Firm.
According to reports, the young Princess of Wales is said to have bought a cashmere jumper for Princess Anne in 1981.
In return however, Diana’s sister-in-law gifted her a toilet roll holder.
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Other examples of some of the joke presents exchanged by the Royal Family in the past include a white leather toilet seat which Anne gave to her brother Prince Charles.
One year, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge also savagely bought Prince Harry a ‘grow your own girlfriend’ kit before he met Meghan Markle.
Meanwhile, Prince Harry was once bold enough to gift a shower cap to the Queen which bore the slogan ‘Ain’t Life a B****’.
By the next Christmas, Diana recovered resoundingly from her blunder when she bought Sarah Ferguson a leopard-print bath mat.
Of course, the Royal Family also exchange normal gifts at Christmas.
An old letter written by the late Princess of Wales revealed how excited a young Prince William and Harry were for Christmas.
She added that the pair had been searching “high and low” for their Christmas presents.
In a 1990 letter to a friend Ivy Woodward, Diana wrote: “The boys are thrilled at the prospect of Christmas on the horizon.
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“[They] have searched high and low for any parcels that might be coming their way.”
At the time, William and Harry were just eight and six respectively.
Other reported royal Christmas traditions include a Christmas Eve football match on the Sandringham estate alongside members of staff.
The game is usually played between Team William, who are all said to wear Aston Villa socks, and Team Harry, who wear Arsenal kits.
Of course, with Harry residing in California, it is uncertain whether the match now takes place in his absence.
The royals also reportedly assemble for a game of charades every year after Christmas lunch.
According to Town and Country magazine, the Queen allegedly does excellent impressions of the many heads of states she’s known through the years.
Like many families, the Royal Family also gather round the television to watch a film together.
This week, ‘Flash Gordon’ star Brian Blessed even claimed that the Eighties cult sci-fi favourite is Her Majesty’s favourite Christmas film.
Speaking to the Mirror, Mr Blessed said: “The Queen, it’s her favourite film, she watches it with her grandchildren every Christmas.
The actor then said, while impersonating the monarch: “You know, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, me and my grandchildren.”
Mr Blessed met the Queen when he received an OBE at Buckingham Palace in 2016.
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