Mike Tindall tells why Prince Louis won’t eat Christmas meal with other royals

It's not surprising that the Royal Family has an elaborate Christmas regime, and this year will be no exception.

The annual celebration used to see the royal bunch gather at Buckingham Palace for a feast hosted by the Queen, and attracted a whopping 70 people in 2019.

This year will be the first hosted by King Charles since he took up the throne, and will see him instead fling open the doors of Windsor Castle to dozens of relatives before they descend on Sandringham for their main celebrations later this week.

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The event is one where members of the Firm get a rare sliver of total privacy, meaning no pictures will be released – but Mike Tindall, the husband of Charles' niece Zara Tindall, has previously opened up about all the festive goings-on, the Mirror reported.

And in a surprising turn, the royal children, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are expected to attend the event, but won't sit with the other royals.

In 2019, Mike spoke about the celebrations on his rugby podcast, which he co-hosts with James Haskell and Alex Payne.

"This is the family lunch, there were seven tables so there must have been about 70 of us there," he said.

His co-stars asked: "Do you find yourself upgrading every year and getting closer to the main table or are you off out the back?

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"Is there a promotion and relegation based on the year's performance? Because if there is I imagine you're pretty much sitting on the right-hand side of Her Majesty."

Mike didn't comment straight away but later added: "I was on Prince Charles's table, it was lovely."

He then revealed that the royal children even have their own room, away from the grown-ups.

"The kiddies have their own little [meal] in a different room," he said.

Prince Louis will, however, take a starring role in this year's Christmas Day celebrations, joining the family’s traditional walk to church for the very first time.

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Delighted royal fans are anticipating more cheeky antics from the four-year-old, who stole the nation's hearts with his antics at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations back in June.

In another first, Charles III will make history with his first festive speech, making him the King to address the nation on TV on Christmas Day.

Recent polling suggested 38% of Brits would be tuning in.


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