The family has a formal dinner on Christmas Eve, which often includes Norfolk shrimp, lamb and a tarte tatin or soufflé. While the queen signals it’s time for the women of the family to go to bed at 10 p.m. after dinner, the men traditionally enjoy a port or brandy — a custom they upheld with Prince Philip prior to his April 2021 death. (Royal expert Stewart Pearce told Us in December 2021 that the monarch will plant trees on the grounds of Sandringham in honor of her late husband.)
On Christmas morning, the group eats a traditional English breakfast, which typically consists of bacon, sausages and eggs.
After church, the family enjoys their main meal, a Christmas lunch. While the main course is roast turkey, the meal includes several side dishes and Christmas pudding.
A source previously told Us that family members “weigh in before and after Christmas lunch.” The tradition was started by Henry VII.Back to top