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Royal rule means George and siblings open Christmas gifts before everyone else

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    An odd royal protocol sees Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis open their Christmas gifts before other children.

    The strange ruling means that the trio of children will be taking a peek inside their wrapped-up gifts before anyone else, as they tend to open their presents before Christmas Day.

    Prince William and Kate Middleton's children appear to be a lucky bunch as the German roots of the Royal Family mean they can open their gifts before the usual festive date.

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    The ruling comes from a particularly unique lineage tradition allowing George, Charlotte and Louis to open their gifts earlier than most across the country.

    Tending to the Germanic legacy of the family, Cambridge children will partake in "German tradition" as they do every year, according to former royal chef Darren McGrady.

    Speaking to The Mirror in 2018, the chef said: "The royals are of German descent so they weave in German traditions to their celebrations.

    "After afternoon tea, they open gifts on Christmas Eve, as is the German tradition."

    His insider information was confirmed several years later by monarchy expert Robert Jobson, who explained that the Cambridge family will sit down on Christmas Eve and rip off the wrapping paper.

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    Speaking to GloucestershireLive last year, Jobson said: "Presents will be opened that day at tea time as the royals still keep to the German practice of opening their gifts on Christmas Eve.

    "Gifts are laid out in the Red Drawing Room on a white linen-covered trestle table, with cards marking exactly where the piles of gifts should be put."

    A quote from the Royal Family's website sets the scene for what the Cambridge children can expect on the night of Christmas Eve.

    It reads: "On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime."

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