How royalty has celebrated Christmas through the ages

A Royal Christmas, published by the Royal Collection, details the changing festive traditions of the royal family over the generations, and includes a Christmas card of the young Princess Elizabeth, now queen, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

A fascinating new book offers a rare insight into how royalty has celebrated Christmas in recent centuries.

A Royal Christmas, published by the Royal Collection, details the changing festive traditions of the royal family through the generations, from the favorite festive cuisine to the touching personal gifts.

The intimate images in the book, to be launched in October, include a Christmas card of the young Princess Elizabeth, now queen, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

Another snapshot shows the Christmas menu of Queen Victoria of 1899, written in French and offering an influx of luxury courses, including the boar's head.

A Royal Christmas, published by the Royal Collection, details the changing festive traditions of the royal family over the generations, and includes a Christmas card of the young Princess Elizabeth, now queen, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

A Royal Christmas, published by the Royal Collection, details the changing festive traditions of the royal family over the generations, and includes a Christmas card of the young Princess Elizabeth, now queen, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

The work also examines the influence of the royal family on Christmas customs, such as the trees brought by Queen Charlotte for the first time, seen earlier at Osborne House in 1873

The work also examines the influence of the royal family on Christmas customs, such as the trees brought by Queen Charlotte for the first time, seen earlier at Osborne House in 1873

The work also examines the influence of the royal family on Christmas customs, such as the trees brought by Queen Charlotte for the first time, seen earlier at Osborne House in 1873

In addition to the Christmas dinner menus, more than 150 objects, photographs and documents from the Royal Collection and the Royal Archives will be included in the illustrated book, many of them published for the first time.

The Christmas food of Queen Victoria in 1899 was printed in an elaborately decorated menu, written in French and entitled "The dinner of his majesty."

It included numerous dishes including roast beef, minced meat pies and plum pudding, as well as an indulgent buffet of Baron of Beef, Game Pie, Woodcock Pie, Brawn, Roast Fowl and Tongue.

December 23, 1944: beach scene with actors and actresses in "Old Mother Red Riding Boots", a pantomime played at Windsor Castle

December 23, 1944: beach scene with actors and actresses in "Old Mother Red Riding Boots", a pantomime played at Windsor Castle

December 23, 1944: beach scene with actors and actresses in "Old Mother Red Riding Boots", a pantomime played at Windsor Castle

The Christmas food of Queen Victoria in 1899 was printed in an elaborately decorated menu, written in French and entitled "The dinner of his majesty." It included numerous dishes including roast beef, minced meat pies and plum pudding, as well as an indulgent Beef Baron buffet, game cake, puff pastry pie, pork, grilled chicken and tongue

The Christmas food of Queen Victoria in 1899 was printed in an elaborately decorated menu, written in French and entitled "The dinner of his majesty." It included numerous dishes including roast beef, minced meat pies and plum pudding, as well as an indulgent Beef Baron buffet, game cake, puff pastry pie, pork, grilled chicken and tongue

The Christmas food of Queen Victoria in 1899 was printed in an elaborately decorated menu, written in French and entitled "The dinner of his majesty." It included numerous dishes including roast beef, minced meat pies and plum pudding, as well as an indulgent Beef Baron buffet, game cake, puff pastry pie, pork, grilled chicken and tongue

On December 26, 1833, Princess Victoria went to the Drury Lane Theater to see a great Christmas show called St.George and the Dragon / The Seven Champions of Christendom. In her diary that day, Princess Victoria describes how "Mr. Ducrow's fight with the dragon, on horseback, was quite beautiful", is shown in this 1834 watercolor

On December 26, 1833, Princess Victoria went to the Drury Lane Theater to see a great Christmas show called St.George and the Dragon / The Seven Champions of Christendom. In her diary that day, Princess Victoria describes how "Mr. Ducrow's fight with the dragon, on horseback, was quite beautiful", is shown in this 1834 watercolor

On December 26, 1833, Princess Victoria went to the Drury Lane Theater to see a great Christmas show called St.George and the Dragon / The Seven Champions of Christendom. In her diary that day, Princess Victoria describes how "Mr. Ducrow's fight with the dragon, on horseback, was quite beautiful", is shown in this 1834 watercolor

On Christmas Day, King George IV preferred a plum broth made from large quantities of port, brandy, madeira, sherry and claret, while medieval monarchs ate roasted swans and golden peacocks.

Enrique II ate the head of boar, brined pickled and stuffed, stewed and roasted, in their Christmas banquets.

The work also examines the influence of the royal family on Christmas customs, such as the trees brought for the first time by Queen Charlotte from her native Germany and the roast turkey popularized by King Edward VII.

This watercolor by James Roberts, commissioned by Queen Victoria, shows the Christmas tree of the queen in the state apartments at Windsor Castle in 1850

This watercolor by James Roberts, commissioned by Queen Victoria, shows the Christmas tree of the queen in the state apartments at Windsor Castle in 1850

This watercolor by James Roberts, commissioned by Queen Victoria, shows the Christmas tree of the queen in the state apartments at Windsor Castle in 1850

The royal gifts detailed in the book include a brooch with precious stones, awarded to Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert, in 1841, which featured a miniature enamel portrait of her first child, Victoria, the Royal Princess, under the appearance of a cherub.

The royal gifts detailed in the book include a brooch with precious stones, awarded to Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert, in 1841, which featured a miniature enamel portrait of her first child, Victoria, the Royal Princess, under the appearance of a cherub.

The royal gifts detailed in the book include a brooch with precious stones, awarded to Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert, in 1841, which featured a miniature enamel portrait of her first child, Victoria, the Royal Princess, under the appearance of a cherub.

The royal gifts detailed in the book include a jeweled brooch, awarded to Queen Victoria by her husband, Prince Albert, in 1841, which featured a miniature enamel portrait of her first child, Victoria, the Royal Princess, under the guise of of a cherub.

Christmas cards were first produced in the United Kingdom in the 1840s, and the love of the royal family for the festive season meant that they quickly adopted the new trend.

In addition to hand-made cards by Queen Victoria's children, the book includes royal family Christmas cards from Windsor with photographs of a young Princess Elizabeth, now queen, and her sister, Princess Margaret.

A volume of songs of Prince Albert, composed between 1847 and 1853, consisting of scenes of verses of his brother Ernest II, Duke of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, and the German lyric poet Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862) is involved in green velvet

A volume of songs of Prince Albert, composed between 1847 and 1853, consisting of scenes of verses of his brother Ernest II, Duke of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, and the German lyric poet Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862) is involved in green velvet

A volume of songs of Prince Albert, composed between 1847 and 1853, consisting of scenes of verses of his brother Ernest II, Duke of Saxony-Coburg and Gotha, and the German lyric poet Ludwig Uhland (1787-1862) is involved in green velvet

A Christmas hymn composed by Prince Albert: Musical composition had formed an important part of Prince Albert's early musical education, and he developed a talent for composing small-scale pieces, such as those in this volume.

A Christmas hymn composed by Prince Albert: Musical composition had formed an important part of Prince Albert's early musical education, and he developed a talent for composing small-scale pieces, such as those in this volume.

A Christmas hymn composed by Prince Albert: Musical composition had formed an important part of Prince Albert's early musical education, and he developed a talent for composing small-scale pieces, such as those in this volume.

A Royal Christmas is available from October 18 from royalcollection.org.uk/shop and Royal Collection stores for £ 9.95, and in several bookstores for £ 12.95

A Royal Christmas is available from October 18 from royalcollection.org.uk/shop and Royal Collection stores for £ 9.95, and in several bookstores for £ 12.95

A Royal Christmas is available from October 18 from royalcollection.org.uk/shop and Royal Collection stores for £ 9.95, and in several bookstores for £ 12.95

In the war years, Elizabeth and Margaret took part in a series of Christmas pantomimes at Windsor Castle.

They are performed acting in Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and Old Mother Red Riding Boots, an original combination of the best parts of different pantomimes.

The book also shows the story of the monarch's Christmas transmission, which millions of people around the world look at each year.

A Royal Christmas is available from October 18 from royalcollection.org.uk/shop and Royal Collection stores for £ 9.95, and in several bookstores for £ 12.95.

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