Mike Tindall has revealed details of the royal Christmas lunch

There are parts of the royals’ Christmas traditions we’re all used to seeing: the festive engagements in the run-up to the big day, or various members of the family heading to church on Christmas morning in all their finery.

However, there are many parts of the day us mere mortals are not privy too – well, except Mike Tindall, who in marrying the Queen’s granddaughter Zara has been able to see up close how the royal family spend the festive period.

Zara Mike Tindall

On his podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby, Mike was asked by his co-host about the royal Christmas lunch, held for extended family a few days before Christmas. ‘Do you find yourself upgrading every year and getting closer to the main table or are you off out the back?’ his friend joked.

Mike then went on to reveal that 70 people attend the royal Christmas lunch – and just like the rest of us, they have a ‘kids’ table’.

‘[Previously] I was on Prince Charles’s table, it was lovely’ Mike said. ‘This is the family lunch, there were seven tables so there must have been about 70 of us there,’ he shared. ‘The kiddies have their own little one in a different room.’

Mike and Zara have three children – Mia, Lena and Lucas – and it sounds like they, along with the Duke and Duchess’s children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, get to hang out in a different (no doubt quite loud) room while the adults kick back without them. All in all, the ideal set-up.


Of course, this year the Queen has been forced to call off her annual Christmas lunch because of concerns around Covid. However, given it’s her first Christmas without her husband, Prince Philip, we hope she’ll have family round to support her at what must be an emotional time.

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