It's Christmas morning at Sandringham. Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wake up before the sun comes out, shout to their mom, dad and Gan-Gan (Queen Eliz) to get a move on as they race downstairs to see what Santa left them under the decadently decorated royal Christmas tree.
But thanks to royal traditions, the opposite happens: The kids open their gifts the night before. “On Christmas Eve, the Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime,” says the royal family's official website.
It's a German tradition, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady. And because the royals are of German descent, they actually weave German customs into their holiday celebrations, he explains.
This means that instead of tearing through package after package while their bleary-eyed parents Kate Middleton and Prince William put the coffee on, George, Char and Louis spend the early hours of Christmas Day getting dressed to impress for a morning church service beloved by the queen.
“The Queen and other members of the royal family attend the morning service on Christmas Day at St. Mary Magdalene, Sandringham, a country church visited by the Queen's Great-Great Grandmother Queen Victoria, which dates back to the 16th century,” per the royal website.
It's not all bad: We're pretty sure they're still allowed to *play* with their gifts when they get home. But royal tradition is royal tradition. (The queen has spoken.)