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How the young royals celebrate Christmas

When it comes to Christmas, the royals don't do things by halves.

Amongst the black-tie dinners, decadant breakfasts and church services galore, it's a wonder the royals even have time to open presents.

And while many of the adult royals might look at the festive season as a rather exhausting occasion, we can't forget the little ones who undoubtedly see Christmas as a magical time full of novelty gifts, treats-a-plenty and running amok with their fellow young relatives.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte no doubt enjoy all sorts of mischief each Christmas.

Of course, 2020 has thrown us a rather, erm, un-festive spanner, which means some of the age old royal traditions we've come to know and love might be a little different this year.

But lucky for us, we'll likely get to see what the young royal tykes get up to from the comfort of our own tinsel-clad homes!

From adorable Christmas photos to the unexpected time presents are actually opened, keep scrolling as we round up how the young British and European royal tots are celebrating the festive season this year, lockdown or no lockdown.

The British Royals

With three kids below the age of 10, December 25 is undoubtedly special for Duchess Catherine and Prince William's family.

Indeed we can fully expect that Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, four and Prince Louis, one will all be very excited at the prospect of a visit from Santa.

The wider British royal family usually have a jam-packed schedule of socialising when it comes to the big day. In previous years, they indulge in a dinner at Sandringham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve, while Christmas morning starts with a full English breakfast.

Then comes a Church service before a 50-minute lunch. The family then gather around the TV to watch the Queen's pre-recorded Christmas message at 3pm on the dot.

This year, it might be punchy to assume the royals will do all of this, especially considering the UK is currently back in a lockdown.

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Instead, it's likelier the family will enjoy a quiet, personal service in the morning (perhaps in their own immediate family bubbles) with no walkabout outside the church.

Christmas is usually a very busy day for the British royals.

And despite a few tweaks, the royal children will no doubt still enjoy a festive day.

Instead of opening their presents on Christmas day, the royal tykes will be allowed to rip open the wrapping paper on Christmas Eve.

This tradition is thanks to their German heritage. As per German tradition – and many European cultures – families open their presents on December 24 and it seems this habit has stuck for the British Royals.

And just because we mightn't see them out and about in the flesh doesn't mean we won't get another glimpse of them.

Last year, the Cambridges released a gorgeous shot of Prince William and the kids enjoying Christmas Day at their country home of Anmer Hal together.

We're hoping for something similar this year…!

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Here's hoping we see some sweet new snaps of the royals this year!

And of course, we can't forget Santa.

In 2017, young Prince George also melted our hearts when his sweet letter to Father Christmas was revealed.

Dad Prince William personally delivered a very special note to the bearded man in red while he was visiting Finland, handing the letter to Santa saying: "I've seen you and I had to give you this letter."

Wills continued: "He hasn't written down many requests, so I think one request is probably okay."

In the letter, the young royal circled that he had been "nice," rather than "naughty" and asked for a "police car" under the tree. He even signed his name (just "George," no title necessary when Santa's involved) at the bottom.

Excuse us as we weep happy tears, and hope for another adorable repeat from Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as well this year…

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Prince George won Christmas back in 2014 with this insanely cute shoot.

The Danish Royals

For the young royals in Denmark, Christmas doesn't always mean snow and a roaring fireplace.

In fact, in 2017, the Danish royal family-of-six announced they would be celebrating Christmas Down Under with Crown Princess Mary's Tasmanian family.

This year, it's probably more likely the royals will stay put in Denmark given the current restrictions around COVID-19.

But regardless of where they spend the day itself, Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's clan including Christian, 14, Isabella, 12, twins Vincent and Josephine, both eight, will not do things by halves when it comes to decorating their lavish digs in Denmark.

In 2017, the royal family put in a joint effort to decorate their home Amelienborg, which was shared by the Palace for the public to see.

The Danish royals were captured decorating their Christmas tree in a beautiful family video in 2017.

In the last few years, the Palace has also shared some of the Danish royal Christmas traditions, including decorating the tree with ornaments and four lights that symbolise the four Sundays in advent – originally a German tradition.

The finished product looks striking and tall within the family's palace. We can't wait to see what they produce this year!

The Danish royal Christmas tree was a true sight to behold.The Danish Royals know how to make Christmas a magical time!

The Monaco Royals

If previous years' festivities are anything to go by, we can't help but get excited to see what's in store for royal twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques!

In 2017, proud mum Princess Charlene of Monaco shared an adorable new photo on Instagram of her twins as they posed in front of the Christmas tree.

And if Christmas time wasn't already exciting enough for these two tykes, December also entails another rather important occasion: their birthday.

Indeed, the twins will celebrate their sixth birthday on December 10.

Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have more than one special occasion to celebrate in December.

As for Christmas, the Monaco royals pull out all the stops for their annual palace Christmas party.

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In recent years, the royal couple have delighted children at the event in full holiday garb – as pictured above.

For the 2017 event, the pair took in a brief outdoor performance by a local children's troupe of dancers and posed for photos on the Cour d'Honneur stairwell, before retreating to the throne room for a stage magician's performance and a spot of hot chocolate.

This year, the holiday event mightn't go ahead in a large capacity, but we're sure they'll find another COVID-safe way to celebrate.

The Swedish Royals

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's tots, four-year-old Prince Alexander and three-year-old Prince Gabriel, usually join cousins Princess Estelle, aged eight and Prince Oscar, aged four – the children of Crown Princess Victoria – for this year's festivities.

Princess Madeleine's young ones, Princess Leonore, six, Prince Nicolas, five and baby Princess Adrienne, two, also enjoy the day's festivities.

But what can we expect to see from the royals this year? Perhaps a slightly more subdued, yet no less special day.

While the family mightn't be able to spend the day together due to COVID restrictions, we're confident they'll still connect in true 2020 style – a video call.

In 2017, Sweden's Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel traded in an annual Christmas card for a video. It showed the family, including their two kids Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, playing in the snow outside Stockholm's Haga Palace.The Swedish royals will likely be wrapping up for a white Christmas this year.

In 2017, Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel released an adorable family video of them enjoying a day in the snow at Haga Castle.

The family looked wrapped up warm as they rode sleds down a snow-covered hill.

Who knows, perhaps we'll see another video from them this year!

Stay tuned…

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