The Royal Family open their Christmas presents a day early on December 24

Most people traditionally open their gifts on Christmas morning, but the Royal Family have been doing things differently for several generations.

The Queen and her family always swap gifts a day before Christmas Day, a tradition thought to be a nod to their German heritage.

They are believed to have followed this tradition since 1841, after Queen Victoria married Prince Albert.

Royal expert Robert Jobson explained the tradition, telling The Express that the Queen, her grandchildren and great-children put the finishing touches on their 20ft Christmas tree in the White Drawing Room on Christmas Eve, and then open presents together at tea time.

The gifts which are laid out in the Red Drawing Room on a white linen-covered table, with cards marking exactly where the piles of gifts should be put, will then be opened together at tea time by the family.

What gifts do the Royal Family give each other at Christmas?

Though the Royals never post about their presents publicly, there have been reports of the kind of gifts they give each other – and no it’s never a box of jewels.

They might be the royals, but their Christmas gifts for each other are unlikely to be expensive, with the family often preferring to exchange touching or jokey gifts, according to the expert.

One time Prince Harry reportedly gave the Queen a shower cap that read "Ain’t Life A B**ch?", while another year the star gift was apparently a white leather loo seat.

In 2017, Meghan Markle apparently gave the Queen a present that had her "burst out laughing."

The gift according to an insider was a "little hamster that sings with a little rope," which not only made the monarch smile but also was a big hit with her corgis who tried to take hold of the toy.

What the Royal Family's Christmas traditions?

The Royal Family has several other festive traditions, including attending Christmas service together and sending out Christmas cards to all their well-wishers around the world.

The Queen has multiple Christmas trees every year, following a tradition made popular by Queen Victoria.

Not only are three fir trees brought to the Marble Hall in Buckingham Palace, but the family also have a large Christmas tree and a large silver artificial tree in the dining room at Sandringham.

The Windsors also reportedly come together for a family game of charades every year after their traditional Christmas lunch.

In previous years, there was also a tradition of a Christmas Eve game of pick-up football between Prince Harry and Prince William, but since Prince Harry now lives in the US with Meghan Markle and his children, we can't be sure this holiday tradition will continue.

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