Royal family’s VERY strict Christmas dinner seating plan revealed

EVER hosted Christmas dinner? Then you'll know just how hard it is to squeeze the whole family around one table.

That said, we never thought this would be an issue The Queen faces too – but Her Maj has come up with an excellent way around it.

Earlier this week, The Queen announced that she has "regretfully" decided to cancel her annual Christmas party with the Royal Family over Omicron fears.

The last time Her Majesty hosted her Buckingham Palace party was back in 2019 – and shortly afterwards, her granddaughter's husband Mike Tindall shed light on the unusual seating arrangements.

Speaking on his podcast The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, the dad-of-three was asked by co-hosts Alex Payne and James Haskell where he is seated at the royal party.

James teased: "Is there a promotion and relegation based on the year's performance? Because if there is I imagine you're pretty much sitting on the right-hand side of Her Majesty."


Doing his best not to rise to the jokes, Mike revealed that there were 70 guests in total and 10 people to a table.

He said: "I was on Prince Charles' table, it was lovely.

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"This is the family lunch, there were seven tables so there must have been about 70 of us there."

But what about the kids? Do Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis have their own table?

Well according to Mike, the Queen's great-grandchildren have a separate room entirely.

He added: "The kiddies have their own little [table] in a different room."

And that's not the only unusual tradition the Royals have – according to royal author Brian Hoey, the order in which the family arrive for Christmas in Sandringham all depends on their status.

Speaking to Wales Online in 2014, the expert revealed that members of the family are given a specific time to arrive a week before the celebrations.

He said: "Those family members who have been invited to spend the holiday with the Queen and Prince Philip are told by the Crown Equerry, who organises all transport, in what order they are to arrive at Sandringham, the Queen’s Norfolk estate, and at exactly what time

"Royal protocol being what it is, it’s all worked out according to precedence and seniority, with the most junior and least important arriving first and Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge [and their children], the last to turn up."

In more Royal Family news, Prince William shared the most ‘difficult’ part of Royal’s annual Christmas church trip.

And you can be the Queen’s gardener at Windsor Castle – and you’ll get paid £19,500 for it.

Plus Prince William kept touching promise to Kate Middleton with family’s Christmas card photo.

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