Monopoly was banned by the royals at Christmas.

Christmas is a time where board games that have gathered dust throughout the year are used to fill quiet afternoons with hours of entertainment.

But for the Royal Family, one board game in particular is off limits.

The Queen reportedly banned them from playing Monopoly as it gets “too vicious”.

In December 2008, Prince Andrew attended Leeds Building Society’s newly-refurbished Albion Street headquarters.

Before he left the Duke of York was given the property board game Monopoly to mark his visit.

However, Andrew politely declined the game as the Daily Telegraph reported he revealed: “we are not allowed to play Monopoly at home”.

The Queen reportedly banned the family from playing Monopoly as it gets ‘too vicious’
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Andrew explained the game could cause arguments amongst the family, as “it gets too vicious”.

Perhaps they play a game or two of Ibble Dibble (as seen on The Crown) instead.

This year, The Firm will still gather at their much-loved country retreat Sandringham, in Norfolk, for their first Christmas celebration since the death of Queen Elizabeth II – although the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not expected to attend.

It has been reported that King Charles has invited Harry and Meghan to join the family over the festive period.

But sources say that the Duke and Duchess are expected to snub the invitation as relations between them and The Firm have reached “rock bottom”.

The Royal Family traditionally spend Christmas at Sandringham
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In his role as the monarch, the King will continue traditions that have been performed for many years – including the gifts he gives out.

Prior to her passing in September, the Queen gave out a number of Christmas trees from her Windsor Crown Estate. It’s a tradition that was started in 1937 by her father, King George VI – and now her son will take on the job.

Journalist and royal expert Jennie Bond said the family will feel the absence of the Queen as they celebrate Christmas this year.

Speaking to OK! she said: “It will have all the usual traditions of a Sandringham gathering. The family will gather but they’ll be lacking their matriarch.

Queen Elizabeth II reportedly banned the Royal Family from playing Monopoly
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“It’s always a sad time when you have your first Christmas without the main person.

The presenter went on to say that the King’s first speech will be “very interesting” but she doesn’t believe he’ll do it live, just like his mother before him.

“I’m sure he’ll record it a few days before and it’s bound to have some reflection on their loss,” the presenter commented, going on to say that the prospect of the Royals all sitting down to watch the address is “archaic” and may be scrapped.


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