Five Royal Family Christmas Day rules – from eating alone to festive games

The Royal Family has their very own particular set of Christmas traditions, and are banned from certain activities on the festive day.

A strict set of rules keeps the holiday season in check for the active royals attending this year's bash, though to keep themselves in line with the season they must follow a series of rules.

Odd rules and strict etiquette must be followed at all times for the Royal Family on Christmas Day, and there is little time to break into a normal day when the family are all together.

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Five key rules are in place to keep members of the family in check, with the royals typically spending the holiday season at Sandringham House.

One of those five golden rules is where and when the family feasts on their Christmas dinner, with parents eating at separate tables from their children in separate rooms. Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Prince George will all be separated from Prince William and Princess Kate for their banquet.

Mike Tindall previously revealed the rule, saying: "There must be about 70 of us there. There are seven tables and then the kiddies have their own little one in a different room."

Games are on the cards also as the Royal Family enjoy rounds of sports and outdoor events, but one board game is ruled out entirely. The Queen stepped in to prevent Monopoly from being played, with the game off limits for being "too vicious".

Prince Andrew previously revealed the ban when offered the game as a gift, saying "we are not allowed to play Monopoly at home". Another ban for those attending dinner at Sandringham is one of television consumption.

Royals are chastised thoroughly should they plant themselves down in front of the television to binge watch the Christmas schedule. Expert Jennie Bond, speaking to The Sun, said: "Christmas is a time of togetherness and for Charles, I imagine he would see this as a rare and wonderful day when the family can all be together.

"Plus, the family loves to soak up the outdoors and go for walks together. Charles isn’t a big fan of the TV and I can’t imagine it would be on. For someone to remove themselves from the festivities to watch something would likely be seen as rude."

Some stranger rules for the Royal Family include warnings over gifts of an affectionate or expensive nature. Charmless and "light-hearted" gifts are insisted upon, asPrince Harry once bought the Queen a shower cap which read "ain't life a b***h."

Novelty presents are encouraged, as is getting some shut eye after the King of England heads to bed. Sir William Heseltine revealed it was deemed bad form to head off to sleep before the sitting monarch had retired for the evening.

Prince Harry, speaking of his father, said: "This is a man who has dinner ridiculously late at night, and then goes to his desk later that night and will fall asleep on his notes to the point where he’ll wake up with a piece of paper stuck to his face."

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