The Queen has as an absolutely bizarre favourite Christmas movie, according to one of the film's lead actors.
When it comes to our favourite festive films, classics such as Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and A Christmas Carol typically take top spot.
You may even assume that the Queen would go for a more traditional flick, such as Miracle on 34th Street.
However, when Her Majesty settles down in front of the TV with her grandchildren during the festive season, the royals opt for something more action-packed, reports MyLondon.
According to a very well-placed source the 95-year-old Queen’s favourite festive film is Flash Gordon.
The 1980s sci-fi adventure film, which stars Sam Jones and Brian Blessed, is about football player Flash and his friends who travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting against Ming the Merciless to save Earth.
The surprising revelation comes directly from 85-year-old Brian Blessed who took on the role of Prince Vultan in the movie.
Speaking a few years ago in an interview with Yahoo Movies, Blessed said: "The Queen, it’s her favourite film, she watches it with her grandchildren every Christmas."
He then added, impersonating the Queen, saying: "You know, we watch Flash Gordon all the time, me and the grandchildren. And if you don’t mind, I’ve got the grandchildren here, would you mind saying ‘Gordon’s alive’?"
But sitting down to watch Flash Gordon isn’t the only royal Christmas tradition that the family look forward to every year.
One of the funniest stories to emerge from the Royal Family’s Christmas festivities is that a certain popular board game has been banned after competition grew too intense.
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According to The Telegraph, the real estate board game Monopoly gets too out of hand for the Queen’s liking.
In 2008, Prince Andrew visited the Leeds Building Society's headquarters to commemorate its renovation.
When the Duke of York was presented with a Monopoly board, he revealed to those in attendance that it’s forbidden in the royal household because “It gets too vicious”.
Another unbelievable trend that was started by the Queen’s great-grandfather, Edward VII, is that members of the family are weighed before and after their meal to ensure they were being “well fed”.
In 2018, royal expert and Editor-in-Chief of Majesty Magazine, Ingrid Seward, told Grazia that The Queen asks each of her guests to "weigh themselves".
She added that a pair of antique scales are used when everyone first arrives at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk for the Christmas period.
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