The celebrations continue for King Charles and Queen Camilla as they welcome their closest family members to Sandringham for the New Year festivities. While Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were dedicated to gift exchanges and morning service at St. Mary Magdalene church, the royal couple is set to partake in yet another beloved tradition on Monday. They will spend the first day of the year in Sandringham, attending church before relishing in a “simple” lunch at the king’s residence.
Looking back to 1990, former royal chef Darren McGrady took to Instagram to share the menu he had prepared for the late Queen Elizabeth. The caption revealed the details of the royal family’s New Year’s Day lunch at Sandringham. The meal consisted of traditional Christmas turkey, accompanied by Brussel sprouts, roast potatoes, and a refreshing salad. For dessert, the royals enjoyed a fried plum pudding, complemented by a side of brandy butter. It is worth noting that the plum pudding had been meticulously prepared months in advance, maturing in its rich flavors for six months. This attention to detail and anticipation showcases the dedication and thoughtfulness put into each royal feast.
Last year, King Charles and Queen Camilla were the only members of the royal family photographed attending church, marking their first appearance in two years. In 2020 and 2021, the late Queen Elizabeth spent her Christmas holidays at Windsor Castle, resulting in the absence of the Sandringham tradition. Although this year saw the monarch surrounded by his immediate family on Christmas Day, it is likely that many of them will miss out on another reunion.
As the New Year approaches, it is anticipated that the Wales family will be spending time with Kate Middleton’s family, while Zara and Mike Tindall are expected to attend the New Year’s Day Racing event at Cheltenham Racecourse. This event holds significance for the Tindall family, as they were photographed attending last year, accompanied by their daughters Lena and Mia. Meanwhile, Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara, and her husband, former rugby player Mike, will soon embark on a trip to Australia for the Magic Millions event.
While the royal family continues to adapt to changing circumstances and individual schedules, the enduring traditions surrounding the New Year’s celebrations at Sandringham remain a cherished part of their lives. From the exchange of gifts and attending church services to enjoying a hearty lunch, each aspect carries its own significance. As the world looks on, there is an enduring fascination with the traditions and customs that form the foundation of the British monarchy, offering glimpses into the lives of the royal family. Ultimately, these traditions act as bridges, connecting generations and preserving the spirit of togetherness amidst an ever-evolving world.