Four generations of royal family members joined forces last year to make Christmas puddings together—and now, the festive creations are ready to be gifted to members of the British Armed Forces.
The sweet creations—hand-made by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George—are being given to veterans across the UK as part of the Royal British Legion’s Together at Christmas initiative, which is helping tackle loneliness and isolation experienced by many during this time of year.
Photos shared by Buckingham Palace in December 2019 showed the senior royals smiling and laughing as they mixed the traditional ingredients, including candied peel, nutmeg, raisins, brandy, almonds, and silver sixpence coins for wealth and good luck to those who find them. The fruitcake-style creations, which were stored to mature for a year, were originally set to become the centrepieces of RBL’s Christmas get-togethers around the UK, but due to the pandemic, gatherings have had to be moved online.
The four royal puddings joined 95 others recently sent to families in the UK, Spain and Fiji, as well as to military personnel deployed in Bahrain this Christmas. Veteran Vera Parnaby, 81, from County Durham, who has raised more than $1.3 million for the charity, received one of the festive puddings. And Julian Groves, 59, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps for 11 years, discovered a lucky sixpence coin put inside one of the puddings during the royal mixing session.
RBL’s director-general, Charles Byrne, said in a statement: “Christmas can be a time when people’s financial worries or feelings of loneliness, isolation or anxiety are heightened, this year more than ever as people continue to adapt to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
He added, “We want all those within our community who may be feeling the pressures of the season to know that there is extra support available and the Legion is here for them. Bringing people together, combating loneliness and helping individuals and families feel connected is an important part of our work all year round.”
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