‘Tis the season for family gatherings, festive markets, cookie exchanges — and wondering exactly how those very well-off royals spend the holidays. (Don’t pretend you’re not curious.) As it turns out, the House of Windsor has more than their share of quirky and downright unusual Christmas traditions that will leave you scratching your head. From gut-busting gag gifts and garlic bans to proper teacup etiquette and a rather shocking before-and-after dinner weigh-in (yes, really!), we’ve uncovered some of the most bizarre “holiday commandments” the Royal Family have to follow.
Thou shalt … attend the annual holiday luncheon
Thou shalt … spend Christmas at Sandringham
Thou shalt … buy gag-worthy gifts
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Thou shalt … walk to church on Christmas...
Thou shalt … always dress formally
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Thou shalt … be weighed before and after...
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Thou shalt not … eat garlic
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Thou shalt … cease to eat once Her...
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Thou shalt … fold thy napkins in half
Thou shalt not … play Monopoly
Thou shalt … use utensils properly
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Thou shalt … follow the leader
Thou shalt … drink tea correctly
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Thou shalt not … take down Christmas decor...
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