'Royal privilege’ rule means George, Charlotte and Louis open Christmas presents before cousins | The Sun

A BIZARRE festive tradition means Prince George, Charlotte and Louis can open their Christmas gifts before their cousins.

At the Prince and Princess of Wales' home, the family will partake in their slightly different routine – here is everything you need to know.

William and Kate join the rest of the Royal Family by laying out their presents on trestle tables and exchanging gifts at teatime on Christmas Eve. 

But Princes George and Louis along with Princess Charlotte will be unwrapping their gifts on December 24, before their cousins.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady said: “The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations.

“After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition.”

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This is to pay homage to the Windsor's German heritage but also fits in nicely as the family have a busy schedule on Christmas Day.

However, the children do receive some presents on December 25 to top up the excitement of the day.

Last year it was reported that the three little ones woke up at 5 a.m. to see what Santa Claus left under the tree for them.

“While Kate and William avoid overly spoiling the children, they let the rule slide at Christmas,” a source said, as reported by Marie Claire.

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George and Louis were given outdoor explorer gear which included a camping kit, complete with tent and walkie talkies, and a climbing frame.

Charlotte opened up a children’s video camera, and all three got additional games and books under the tree, according to the source.

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The source also revealed: “After a busy year, William wanted to make this Christmas extra special for Kate and surprised her with a beautiful bracelet."

This comes as King Charles' Windsor Castle Christmas decs have been revealed and fans spotted a hidden tribute to the Queen.

Standing at a whopping 20ft, the real pine Christmas tree will be sparkling with gold, purple and red ornaments dotted around twinkling lights.

Charles' late mother was known to wear the shade of purple and it was often said to be her favourite colour.

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Waterloo chamber has also been transformed into a Winter Wonderland with wreaths and baubles strung up throughout.

The Grand Staircase could also be mistaken for the entrance to Santa's Grotto, with festive decorations wrapped all the way up the banisters.

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