Why Prince George never sits with the Queen at Christmas lunch

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  • Mike Tindall
    English rugby union player
  • Prince Louis of Cambridge
    Prince Louis of Cambridge
    Youngest child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince George of Cambridge
    Prince George of Cambridge
    Eldest child of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Zara Tindall
    Zara Tindall
    British equestrian
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

What with all the worrying news about the omicron variant taking hold, we're doing our best to remain upbeat, stay safe and feel festive, and it sounds as though the Royals are doing the same. It's reported that the Queen has sadly had to cancel the family's annual Christmas lunch next Tuesday, which was due to be hosted by Her Majesty at Windsor Castle (where HRH is currently staying – usually it would take place in Buckingham Palace).

However, although the lunch sounds like it's usually a very jolly affair filled with plenty of family bonding opportunities, the royal children – including Prince George and his siblings, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, along with their relatives Mia, Lena and Lucas Tindall (Prince William's cousin's children) – never actually sit with the Queen when it comes to the actually eating portion of the day.

Why's that? Well, according to Mike Tindall (Mia, Lena and Lucas' father who is married to Princess Anne's daughter, Zara Phillips) the youngsters of the family not only have a separate table away from Her Majesty and the more senior royals, but they have their own entire room. Presumably so they can natter away and make as much mess as they want, whilst their parents enjoy their turkey in peace?

Speaking about the yearly get-together on his podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, Mike was asked by his co-host, "Do you find yourself upgrading every year and getting closer to the main table or are you off out the back?"

Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images
Photo credit: TOBY MELVILLE - Getty Images

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After some more ribbing from his pals, Mike then revealed, "[Previously] I was on Prince Charles's table, it was lovely" before adding that in total, there are around 70 guests at the lunch – and that the children are given their own space in a separate room. Which is fair enough really? As you'd also need a pretty large table to accommodate everyone...

"This is the family lunch, there were seven tables so there must have been about 70 of us there," he shared. "The kiddies have their own little one in a different room."

This year is the first Christmas that the Queen has spent without her husband, Prince Philip, so here's hoping that she can safely have some of her family around to offer up support, despite having to call off her large-scale lunch.

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