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How the young royals are celebrating Christmas this year

Royal sleigh bells are a-ringing...

By Jess Pullar
When it comes to Christmas, the royals don't do things by halves.
Amongst the black-tie dinners, decadant breakfasts and church services galore, it's a wonder the royals even have time to open presents.
And while many of the adult European royals might look at the festive season as a rather exhausting occasion, we can't forget the little ones who undoubtedly see Christmas as a magical time full of novelty gifts, treats-a-plenty and running amok with their fellow young relatives.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will no doubt get up to their usual mischief this Christmas! (Image: Getty)
And lucky for us, we get to see what the young royal tykes get up to from the comfort of our own tinsel-clad homes!
From adorable Christmas photos to the unexpected time presents are actually opened, keep scrolling as we round up how the young European royal tots are celebrating the festive season this year.

The British Royals

As it's little Prince Louis' very first Christmas, there's no doubt December 25 will be a special one for Duchess Catherine and Prince William's family.
The British royals usually have a jam-packed schedule of socialising when it comes to the big day. This includes a dinner at Sandringham, Norfolk on Christmas Eve, while Christmas morning starts with a full English breakfast.
Next comes a Church service before a 50-minute lunch. The family will then gather around the TV to watch the Queen's pre-recorded Christmas message at 3pm on the dot.
But don't let the hectic schedule fool you - there's still plenty of fun for the kids in between the engagements.
Christmas sure is a busy day for the British royals! (Image: Getty)
Instead of opening their presents on the aforementioned busy Christmas day, the royal tykes will be allowed to rip open the wrapping paper on Christmas Eve.
This tradition is thanks to their German heritage. As per German tradition - and many European cultures - families open their presents on December 24 and it seems this habit has stuck for the British Royals.
What's more, we might be treated to some rather special pictures of the kiddies in the lead up to the big day.
In 2015, Kate and Wills released a gorgeous image of young Prince George who was aged two at the time. The official shots showed the sweet little royal in a courtyard at his home in Kensington Palace.
We're personally hoping for a new shot of young and smiley Prince Louis this year!
The Cambridges are setting the table for five this Christmas! (Image: Getty)
And we can't forget Santa! Last year, young Prince George also melted our hearts when his sweet letter to Father Christmas was revealed.
Dad Prince William personally delivered a very special note to the bearded man in red while he was visiting Finland, handing the letter to Santa saying: "I've seen you and I had to give you this letter."
Wills continued: "He hasn't written down many requests, so I think one request is probably okay."
In the letter, the young royal circled that he had been "nice," rather than "naughty" and asked for a "police car" under the tree. He even signed his name (just "George," no title necessary when Santa's involved) at the bottom.
Excuse us as we weep happy tears, and hope for another adorable repeat this year!
Prince George won Christmas back in 2014 with this insanely cute shoot. (Image: Ed Lane Fox/Getty Images)

The Danish Royals

For the young royals in Denmark, Christmas doesn't always mean snow and a roaring fireplace.
In fact, last year, the Danish royal family-of-six announced they would be celebrating Christmas Down under with Crown Princess Mary's Tasmanian family.
And while the family tend to fly to Australia every couple of years, it's unconfirmed at this stage as to where the family will be spending the big day for 2018.
Regardless of where they spend the day itself, Mary and Crown Prince Frederik's clan including Christian, 13, Isabella, 11, twins Vincent and Josephine, both seven, will not do things by halves when it comes to decorating their lavish digs in Denmark.
Last year, the royal family put in a joint effort to decorate their home Amelienborg, which was shared by the Palace for the public to see.
The Danish royals were captured decorating their Christmas tree in a beautiful family video.
The Palace also shared some of the Danish royal Christmas traditions, including decorating the tree with ornaments and four lights that symbolise the four Sundays in advent - originally a German tradition.
The finished product looked striking and tall within the family's palace. We can't wait to see what they produce this year!

The Danish Royals know how to make Christmas a magical time! (Image: hbgbild/MEGA)

The Monaco Royals

If last year's festivities are anything to go by, we can't help but get excited to see what's in store for royal twins Princess Gabriella and Prince Jacques!
In 2017, proud mum Princess Charlene of Monaco shared an adorable new photo on Instagram of her twins as they posed in front of the Christmas tree.

And if Christmas time wasn't already exciting enough for these two tykes, December also entails another rather important occasion: their birthday!
Indeed, the twins will celebrate their fourth birthday on December 10. Last year, the royals celebrated with not one but two parties, which were "great fun", Prince Albert revealed to People.
Princess Charlene took on the role of party planner and set up "a birthday party with friends they've made at kids' club or the daycare center and their parents," Albert said.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have more than one special occasion to celebrate in December! (Image: Getty)
It's double the celebrations as the twins will also celebrate their fourth birthday on December 10th. (Image: Getty)
As for Christmas, the Monaco royals pull out all the stops for their annual palace Christmas party.
Last year, the royal couple delighted children at the event in full holiday garbe - as pictured above.
The pair took in a brief outdoor performance by a local children's troupe of dancers and posed for photos on the Cour d'Honneur stairwell, before retreating to the throne room for a stage magician's performance and a spot of hot chocolate.
Unfortunately, the twins were forced to miss last year's festivities due to suffering from colds - but fingers crossed they'll make a jolly appearance this year!

The Swedish Royals

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's tots, two-year-old Prince Alexander and one-year-old Prince Gabriel, will no doubt join cousins Princess Estelle, aged six and Prince Oscar, aged two - the children of Crown Princess Victoria - for this year's festivities.
Princess Madeleine's young ones, Princess Leonore, four, Prince Nicolas, three and baby Princess Adrienne, who is not yet one will also enjoy the day's festivities.
But what can we expect to see from the royals this year? More photos and videos it seems!
Last year, Sweden's Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel traded in an annual Christmas card for a video! It showed the family, including their two kids Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar, playing in the snow outside Stockholm's Haga Palace. (Image: Kungahuset)
The Swedish royals will likely be wrapping up for a white Christmas this year! (Image: Getty)
Last year, Princess Victoria and husband Prince Daniel released an adorable family video of them enjoying a day in the snow at Haga Castle.
The family looked wrapped up warm as they rode sleds down a snow-covered hill.
We'll be keeping a close eye out for this year's wintry activities from the family!
It's a very royal Christmas indeed!

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