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How the Royal Family Welcomes the New Year


For centuries, the British Royal Family has been at the heart of many long-standing traditions, and the celebration of the New Year is no exception. While their lives are filled with ceremonial duties and public engagements, the royal clan also enjoys their own set of customs and festivities during this time of year. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the captivating traditions the Royal Family tends to observe on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

On New Year’s Eve, The Royal family traditionally hosts a family gathering at her private Sandringham Estate in Norfolk. Close family members, including children, and grandchildren  gather to celebrate the incoming year. The Sandringham estate is rich in history and provides a cosy and intimate setting for the family to come together.

Chimes of Big Ben across the nation, the chimes of Big Ben in London signal the arrival of the New Year at midnight. The Royal Family, like many other Britons, traditionally tune in to watch the annual fireworks display over the River Thames and join the country in the countdown.

On New Year’s Day, The Royal Family attend a church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate. It’s a public appearance and a chance for well-wishers to catch a glimpse of the royals. The family often receives flowers and greetings from the crowd.

After the church service, the Royal Family partakes in a tradition known as the New Year’s walk. They stroll back to Sandringham House, interacting with well-wishers who gather along the route. This is a beloved moment for the public, who appreciate the opportunity to see their favourite royals up close.

New Year’s Day marks the release of the King Charles’ New Years honours list, last year more than 1,100 people across the country received honours to celebrate their contributions to society, community or their area of work. Those selected may receive knighthoods, damehoods, or other honours in recognition of their achievements.

The King’s formal reception on New Year’s Day, where he welcomes diplomats, dignitaries, and other notable figures. It’s a grand occasion, attended by the Royal Family, and serves as a display of the United Kingdom’s international relations.

These customs connect the royals with the United Kingdom , allowing them to celebrate the transition to a new year as one united nation. In this way, the Royal Family continues to play an essential role in the cultural tapestry of the United Kingdom, offering a sense of continuity, hope, and inspiration to the people they serve.

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