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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 17:22 IST

Royal Christmas: King Charles' Christmas gift to staff revealed

Grant Harrold, his former butler, revealed the distinctive Christmas gifts that the 75-year-old monarch, King Charles III, would present to his staff.

Manasvi Asthana
‘Bizarre’ gifts King Charles gives his staff for Christmas.
‘Bizarre’ gifts King Charles gives his staff for Christmas. | Image:AP
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Despite being the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, King Charles III maintains a quirky sense of humor. Grant Harrold, his former butler, revealed the distinctive Christmas gifts that the 75-year-old monarch, King Charles III, would present to his staff. At his Gloucestershire residence, Highgrove, Charles would discreetly place gifts into the lockers of staff members. 

According to Harrold, the former Prince of Wales used to "leave funny little items" in the "pigeonholes where I’d get my post in the mornings," as he shared with the Mirror.

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During one holiday season, Charles left a tin of salmon, and in another year, Harrold received a salt and pepper grinder adorned with a ribbon.

“I just thought it was so bizarre because you don’t expect those little things. It shows that they’ve got that fun, practical side to them,” said the ex-butler.

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King Charles and Queen Camilla would not only send Christmas cards to the staff but eventually also dispatch "actual proper gifts" to them.

“I would get things like tea cups and saucers or whiskey glasses. One year I got a lovely water jug,” he added.

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During her reign, the late Queen Elizabeth II had a unique approach to treating the staff. Each employee received a portion of Christmas pudding along with a personalised holiday card.

As per royal biographer Brian Hoey, employees would additionally receive a gift card, the value of which reflected the duration of their service to Queen Elizabeth II.

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For the holidays, the royal family leaves London and journeys to their winter residence, Sandringham, located in Norfolk, England.

The Royal Family spends their Christmas at Sandringham, participating in various wintry traditions to celebrate the Yuletide season.

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Since 1862, the enduring royal estate has been in the family's possession, acquired by Queen Victoria for one of her sons, the future Edward VII.

During their stay at Sandringham, the Windsors adhere to a variety of traditions, such as engaging in a soccer game with staff and playing charades around a campfire.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 17:07 IST

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