Prince George and Princess Charlotte Broke a Royal Christmas Tradition

Madison Feller
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As expected, Kate Middleton, Prince William, and the entire royal family made an appearance on Christmas, joining the Queen and other royals for a morning service in Norfolk.

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While most people can expect that particular royal tradition, there's another one that might come as more of a surprise. According to the Mirror, the royals follow the German tradition of opening gifts on Christmas Eve, due to the Queen's German heritage.

However, the Mirror reports that Kate told a royal fan outside church that Prince George and Princess Charlotte broke tradition this year by getting "up very early" on Christmas morning in order to open their gifts. But who can blame them? Spending the night waiting for Santa and then opening your presents on Christmas morning is enticing for any kid, royal or not!

The prince and princess also missed out on the morning service, though it isn't all that surprising since children typically don't attend until they're older. (George is five, and Charlotte is three.) But they have been able to attend other royal Christmas events; they were photographed heading to the Queen's pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace last week.

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Tune in next year to see if the little ones make it to the service-or follow present-opening traditions.

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