It's no secret that the British royal family does pretty much everything differently than the rest of us "normal" people do. They follow a set of guidelines for their every day life which affect everything from what they wear to how they can sit down to what they can and cannot eat when traveling. While these said to be more of a suggestion than a hard and fast rule, it's pretty clear that members of the royal family take them seriously regardless — just think about the way Meghan Markle's style changed when she married Prince Harry. Because these guidelines affect their whole lives, it makes sense that it affects their holiday season as well. There are some requirements for how the royals spend Christmas, but honestly, these sound more fun than restricting.
Not surprisingly, the royals can't just spend the holiday however they want. Members of Queen Elizabeth's immediate family, like Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince Harry, and Markle, are expected to take part in many Christmas traditions as a family. But even that seems to be changing a little, as the royal family becomes a bit more modern. This year, it's been reported that the Queen invited Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, to celebrate Christmas with them. This would be the first time a non-royal will spend the night in the family's estate, and according to a source via The Daily Mail, is a "mark of [the queen's] respect" for Markle. The royal family has yet to comment on the rumors.
That just might be the only change in the family's holiday traditions. Here are a few ways the royals typically spend Christmas: