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King Willem-Alexander's Christmas Address: "A beautiful future is possible"

King Willem-Alexander’s annual Christmas speech was broadcast today on national television. The speech was pre-recorded at the library of Noordeinde Palace in The Hague.  The Dutch King spoke of connecting at Christmas time and how everyone experiences the time around Christmas differently. He spoke about how it is sometimes not an easy time, especially if one is missing someone. He…
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Taking a peek at the collective 2018 royal Christmas greetings

As it is Christmas Eve, let us take a look at the royal Christmas greetings sent out by the royals this year. In Britain, Clarence House released this year’s Christmas card featuring a summer picture taken by Hugo Burnand in the garden of Clarence House. Embed from…
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Queen Victoria's Winter Sledge

Queen Victoria’s winter sledge became synonymous with the Windsor Christmas, at least during the lifetime of Prince Albert, who is rightly credited with popularising Christmas traditions in England, including that of the Christmas tree. The royal trees were decorated with…
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Buckingham Palace reveals Gingerbread recipe

If you were worried your Christmas treats just weren’t regal enough, you can worry no longer as the Royal Pastry Chefs have revealed the Gingerbread recipe used in Buckingham Palace. The Royal Pastry Chefs create thousands of canapés and sweet treats for events held at the Palace throughout the year. They’ll make over 1200 mince pies for each Christmas reception at the Palace during…
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Give the gift of True Royalty this Christmas

True Royalty TV, the Netflix for Royal watchers, is now offering a gifting service Not sure what to give your friends and family this Christmas? Why not give them a taste of the regal life with True Royalty TV, which has launched its annual subscription gifting service just…
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Royal Snow and Snowmen

The onset of winter provides another opportunity to look again at the links between the many fascinating outdoor pastimes and pursuits enjoyed by royalty, which I touched on in my article of December 2017, Snow and Royalty. Whilst the German Christmas was much popularised by Prince Albert, the preference of Queen Victoria and the Prince Consort to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle with the royal…
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Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia of Sweden Accept Christmas Trees

Since the late 1960s, the Forestry Programme at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) has donated Christmas trees to the Swedish royal family. The trees are brought to the castle in Stockholm by voluntary students of the university and accepted by members of the royal family. The tradition has been going on for so long that Nordmann firs are known more commonly as “the…
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