Inside the Royal Family’s very strict seating plans for Christmas dinner

It’s no secret that the royal family follows a strict set of protocols and it seems Christmas is no different.

Festive royal celebrations are filled with joyful traditions and events, including a black tie Christmas Eve dinner and a hearty breakfast buffet on Boxing Day.

There are usually various festive lunches and gatherings on the royal Christmas calendar, and it has been revealed that members of the prestigious family cannot choose who to sit with.

Mike Tindall, who is married to Queen Zara’s niece, raised the lid on the stiff seating arrangement during Her Majesty’s annual festive dinner.



Her Majesty the Queen has a very strict seating arrangement for Christmas

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During an episode of his podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, Mike was questioned by his co-hosts, Alex Payne and James Haskell, about where he sits during the royal party.

James jokingly asked dad of three Mike’s: “Do you find yourself refreshing every year and getting closer to the main table or are you off the back? Is there a promotion and relegation based on the performance of the year?

“Because if there is, I guess you are practically sitting to Her Majesty’s right.”

Ignoring the joke, Mike went on to reveal that around 70 people attend the annual event and it’s strictly limited to 10 people per table.

He replied: “I was at Prince Charles’s table, it was lovely. This is the family lunch, there were seven tables, so there must have been about 70 of us there.”



Mike Tindall, who is married to Queen Zara's niece, raised the lid on the royal seating deck
Mike Tindall, who is married to Queen Zara’s niece, raised the lid on the royal seating deck

Mike later revealed that all the royal children are sitting in a separate room from the adults, adding: “The children have their little one in another room. “

This would mean that his children, Mia, seven, Lena, three, and little Lucas, eight months, are seated separately from him and Zara, and no doubt join other royal children, such as Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at the designated children’s lunch.



Royal children, such as George, Charlotte, and Louis, sit on a separate table during the festive lunch
Royal children, such as George, Charlotte, and Louis, sit on a separate table during the festive lunch

However, this year the royal family’s annual pre-Christmas party and lunch are believed to have been canceled.

According to reports, the queen has “regretfully” decided to cancel the family reunion as Omicron’s fears continue to grow.

Cases of the COVID-19 variant are rapidly increasing in the UK, leaving Her Majesty feeling the “risk” is too high for the rest of the family’s plans over the Christmas period.

Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English announced on Twitter: “If this goes on, it could jeopardize too many people’s Christmas arrangements.

“The decision is precautionary,” he continued. “The queen is sorry, but she feels it is the right thing to do.”

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