New photos of the four generations of the monarchy have been released.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George gathered at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday before the Queen’s Christmas lunch to support the Royal British Legion and their “Together at Christmas” initiative.
As royal watchers noticed, William and George arrived at the place before Duchess Kate, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis on Wednesday. Theories were floated as to why they didn’t take the same car but it was simply to take part in preparing special Christmas puddings for the Legion.
The gatherings hosted by the Legion will “provide an opportunity for all ages of the Armed Forces community to come together and enjoy the Christmas puddings” to help members of the Armed Forces “combat loneliness and isolation.”
In new pictures released, the four royals make the traditional British holiday treat. Including letting George have the honour of stirring his pudding–some say that if you make a wish while stirring it will come true.
While we are only treated with pictures of the day right now, footage of the royals mixing pudding will be shown on Christmas Day during Her Majesty’s Christmas Broadcast.
Watch to see which way the royals stir their puddings during the broadcast. Superstition says that it should be with a wooden spoon (which they are using) and from east to west to honour the Wise Men.
They also claim that only 13 ingredients should be used to represent Jesus and his Disciples. The recipe released by the Legion lists 23 ingredients (full recipe can be seen below). The royals did put their own spin on the dish–poppy seeds as a nod to the charity’s symbol of Remembrance. Each royal also placed commemorative sixpences in the mix for a lucky person to find.
In total, 99 puddings will be made to distribute across the foundation’s locations in the U.K and the commonwealth. The number 99 was chosen as it also marks the Royal British Legion’s 99th anniversary.
Since these photos have been taken, the Queen has travelled by train to Sandringham for her Christmas break. The rest of the senior royals will follow before spending the holidays together which will include the annual walk to church on Christmas morning. Although, the Queen is now driven.
Prince Philip will remain in hospital under observation in London after being admitted on Friday. A release date has not been made public but they are hoping he will be able to spend the day back home.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also be missing from the festivities as they are spending a much-needed break in Canada as they are joined by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, for Archie’s first Christmas.
THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CHRISTMAS PUDDING RECIPE (1 pudding 8 to 10 portions)
Sultanas 120 g
Brown Sugar 80g
Currants 120 g
Raisins 120 g
Mixed Peel 80 g
Suet 120 g
Mixed Spice 2.5g
Breadcrumbs 80 g
Flour 60 g
Crystallised Ginger 10 g
Prunes 20 g
Ground Almonds 10 g
Egg Large 1
Poppy Seeds Pinch
1. Chop the suet and crystallised ginger.
2. Peel, core and finely chop the apples.
3. Wash and dry the dried fruit, stone and chop the prunes.
4. Grate the zest and squeeze the juice from the oranges and lemons.
5. Sieve together the flour, salt, mixed spice and add all the other dry ingredients; dried fruit, suet, breadcrumbs, mixed peel, chopped crystalised ginger, apples, prunes, brown sugar, orange and lemon zest.
6. Make a bay in the centre, mix the eggs with the milk, brandy, rum, stout, madeira, sherry, orange and lemon juices and pour into the bay.
7. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly together, cover with a cloth and allow to stand in a cool place for twenty-four hours.
8. Oil pudding basins and three quarters fill each one with the mixture; divide between the greased basins.
9. Cover with greaseproof or silicone paper and steam or boil for four hours.
10. Remove from the steamer and, if not for immediate use, recover with fresh paper and store in a cool dry place until required.
11. When required for use reboil or steam for a further two hours.