A royal holiday: How the royal family celebrates Christmas

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A royal holiday: How the royal family celebrates Christmas
1934
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret join in singing Christmas carols as they attend the Royal Choral Society's Christmas concert. It was the little Princesses first visit to a public concert.
1934
The King and Queen, accompanied by the Duke and Duchess of Kent and Princess Elizabeth, attended church at Sandringham, where they stay during the holidays.
1936

A confectioner from London works on a cake in the shape of Princess Elizabeth's Welsh cottage. Oh, no big deal. Just a small Christmas dessert...

1944
Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret perform in a Christmas pantomime "Old Mother Red Riding Boots" at Windsor Castle.
1944
The sisters perform on stage in the Christmas pantomime.
1950
The Christmas tree in St Paul's Cathedral, London, which was brought from the royal estates at Windsor.
1950
Prince Charles and Princess Anne leave Clarence House for King's Cross in the company of their nurses, 22nd December 1950. They are on their way to Sandringham to spend Christmas with their grandparents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
1969
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip look at their decorated Christmas tree during the filming of a television special about life in the British royal family.
1981
Diana, Princess Of Wales, arriving at Gloucestershire Cathedral for a Christmas service wearing a kossack style Russian hat and muff.
1982
Diana and Charles pose with baby Prince William during the holiday season.
1983
Princess Diana attends a Christmas concert, looking lovely in black with a white lace collar.
1987
Such a regal little Prince! William, his cousins Zara and Peter Phillips and Lord Frederick Windsor attend a Christmas day service with Princess Diana.
1988
What. a. cutie! Prince Harry dresses as a shepherd for his school's Christmas play.
1988
William wears a coat by Catherine Walker (one of his mother's favorites!) as he tries on a fireman's hat while at Sandringham.
1988
Princess Diana and Prince Harry attend young William's Christmas play.
1988
Zara Phillips and Prince William are stylin' as they attend church on Christmas day.
1989
Princess Di takes her sons to a Christmas carol concert at Wetherby School. We love their matching uniforms!
1990
Diana is stunning in houndstooth as she and William attend church in Sandringham.
1990
A wind-blown Prince! Cutie William and his aunt Princess Anne attend the royal Christmas service.
1993
Princess Diana looks gorgeous in red with a broad-brimmed black hat. 
1994
Diana smiles at William as they walk to the Christmas service.
1994
Proud mom and her boys.
1995
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie attend a Christmas pantomime with their mother.
1996
The young Princes hold gifts given to them by the public as they attend Church in Sandringham.
1998
Sarah, Duchess of York, with her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
1998
Prince William looking adorable in a navy coat and stylish plaid scarf.
1998
Prince Harry smiles at the public on Christmas day.
1999
The Queen Mother walks with Prince Philip outside of the church.
2003
The Princes attended a service in Norfolk, England in 2003.
2003
Members of the public know just how to get into the royal family's heart! Princess Anne greets a couple with two corgi pups.
2004
Um, points for THE cutest flower-givers ever!
2006
Okay, she rivals the backpack boys.
2008
The Queen and Sophie, Countess of Wessex.
2008
A bearded William and dapper Harry walk with little Arthur Chatto.
2009
Whoa, check out Princess Eugenie's Michael-Jackson-inspired hat.
2009
The Queen decked out in all red.
2009
Harry and Zara Phillips chat outside the church on Christmas day.
2010
Happily engaged William and Kate attended a Christmas reception.
2010
The Prince all bundled up.
2010
These sisters know how to rock a statement hat.
2010
We're sure the Queen's head was toasty warm in this fluffy fur hat.
2010
Hey, if the Queen wears a fur hat, Camilla can too!
2011
Underprivleged children help Camilla decorate the Clarence House Christmas tree.
2011
Queen Elizabeth delivers her Christmas message, standing in front of her tree in Buckingham Palace.
2011
The royal family takes a stroll from the church in Sandringham on Christmas day.
2011
Kate attends her first Christmas service in Sandringham as a member of the royal family.
2011
A pint-sized well-wisher gives Kate flowers.
2012
The Queen delivers her Christmas address, showing off the impressive halls of Buckingham Palace.
2012
Camilla decorates Clarence House for the holidays with children from respite homes.
2012
Prince Harry celebrates Christmas in Afghanistan.
2012
Sophie, Countess of Wessex and her daughter Louise attend the Christmas service.
2012
Pricesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York help the Queen collect flowers on Christmas day.
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From Princess Diana and her sons William and Harry to the newest royals Kate and baby George, there has been a fascination with the royal family for a very long time. Long before the beloved People's Princess stole our hearts, the glamorous life of the royals has been admired by many.

In years past, when Queen Elizabeth was Princess Elizabeth, she and her sister Princess Margaret spent time performing traditional Christmas pantomimes! For four years during World War II, the sisters took part in these musical comedy stage productions. Performed around Christmas and New Year's, the pantomimes usually had no direct reference to the holiday, but were traditional children's stories. These pantomimes were a big part of their holiday celebrations at Windsor Castle, where the sisters were living after evacuating from Buckingham Palace during wartime.

So as you're gearing up for your own Christmas celebration, take a look at how the British royals have celebrated through the years. When it comes to the holidays, the royal family is just like a lot of us!(Well, aside from decorating a giant castle and spending a few weeks on a sprawling country estate...) They typically attend some events around the holidays to support and bring holiday cheer to their chosen charities, but when it gets closer to Christmas day, it's all about family. They spend time in Sandringham -- the Queen's country estate -- and attend Christmas day service together every year.

Last year, William and Kate were not in Sandringham with the royal family, but instead were with the Middletons. Kate was pregnant, after all, and wanted to be with her family. This year, though it was believed that the Middletons would join the royal family at Sandringham, it turns out they are unable to do so as William and Kate's home on the estate is not yet renovated. Instead, the Duke and Duchess will spend Christmas eve and morning with the royal family, and then whisk baby George off to his other grandparents in Berkshire. Everyone gets to see the little Prince for the holiday!

We can't wait to see what Kate will wear to the Christmas church service, and of course, what little Georgie (can we call him that...?) will wear! We're pulling for some serious argyle sweater action.

Click through the gallery to see the royal family's celebrations through the years. Brace yourself: Prince Harry... dressed as a shepherd. (age 4!)
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