With the holidays approaching, all eyes are on the royal family, Meghan Markle, in particular, as they continue the traditions of decades that some outsiders may find a bit unusual.
It is known that Markle and her husband, Prince Harry, moved away from the customs of the British monarchy from time to time, but will probably voluntarily participate in some Christmas activities and events at the request of Queen Elizabeth II.
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Here's a look at some of the strangest customs that Markle and the company are expected to follow.
Markle and his mother, Doria Ragland, will be on the scale before and after finishing their Christmas dinner, the royal expert and editor of Majesty Ingrid Seward told Grazia. The couple will weigh themselves after eating a traditional turkey dinner, making sure they are "well fed".
It's a tradition that dates back to the 1900s: when King Edward VII reigned, The Sun explains.
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And do not worry, Markle and Ragland will not be singled out. Apparently, each member of the royal family follows this centuries-old tradition.
Each holiday season, during the last two decades, the royal family retires to Sandringham House, the private country residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Norfolk, England. There they celebrate Christmas and the New Year together. And there are certain customs that royalty has come to love over the years.
For example, many families can exchange gifts on Christmas day, but the royal family (including children) have their own routine.
"The royal family places their gifts on easel tables and they will exchange their gifts at tea time. [on Christmas Eve], "the states of the real house online.
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Former Royal Chef Darren McGrady said that this ancient tradition can be attributed to the German heritage of the British family.
"The members of the royal family are of German descent, so they intermingle with German traditions for their celebrations," McGrady told Express on Tuesday, noting that Germans often open gifts on December 24. "After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition."
When it comes to making gifts, the royal family prefers when family members think outside the box.
"What they like the most is the craziest and the most peculiar," former Royal Chef Darren McGrady told People in 2013. "It's not really something amazing or a Cartier watch."
In 2017, Markle gave Queen Elizabeth II a singing hamster.
"Meghan bought a little hamster that sings with a small rope for His Majesty," a source told the Daily Star in January. "It was very funny, especially when the corgis tried to grab the toy."
During Christmas lunch, Queen Elizabeth II apparently wears a paper hat and shares jokes with her family.
"A Christmas cookie is a tube of cardboard paper, wrapped in brightly colored paper and twisted at both ends.There is a barrier inside the cookie, two strips of chemically impregnated paper that react with friction, so that when the Cookie is separated by two people, the cookie makes an explosion ", according to the Guide to accommodation of History and Heritage.
There are jokes written inside cookies that are often very "cheesy", says the magazine. They also contain a paper hat.
"The idea of using a paper crown may have originated in the celebrations of Twelfth Night, where a King or Queen was appointed to review the procedures," the publication added.
While some people leave the Christmas spirit on December 26, others take time to reflect on the holidays, which means they probably wait a few weeks to remove their Christmas decorations. The queen is definitely one of these people.
And it's not because the real staff is delayed. Actually, it is a tradition to continue the joy of Christmas until February.
Each holiday season, during the last two decades, the royal family retires to Sandringham House, the private country residence of Queen Elizabeth II in Norfolk, England. There they celebrate Christmas and the New Year together. The estate is particularly special for the queen; It is where his father, King George VI, died.
King George VI died on February 6, 1952. To honor his life, the queen retains all the Christmas decorations until that date, according to Architectural Digest.