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Royal family’s Christmas gifts revealed by special guest

The lady-in-waiting of the late Princess Margaret shared a fascinating and uncommon insight into the types of gifts that the royals enjoy giving at Christmas.

Princess Margaret was “very thoughtful” when it came to gifts, according to Lady Anne Glenconner, 90, who started working for her at the age of 39.


The Queen with her Christmas decorations.


She revealed this in an interview with The Telegraph: “She loved going to antique shops and gave me several pieces I had admired while out shopping with her, including a Victorian egg set with white and gold antique egg cups slotted into a ceramic tray.”

Lady Anne also said “Though she went to a lot of trouble, you never quite knew what you were going to receive. Sometimes we’d be given handbags that had clearly been worn by her. I received one that I’d seen her use, but actually that was rather special, having one of her own bags.”


Princess Margaret was renowned for her love of fashion
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Princess Margaret, who passed away in 2002, was frequently seen with one of her coveted handbags tucked under her arm.

The royal family is rumored to exchange jokey or novelty gifts with one another, and Lady Anne appeared to support the claim when she told the newspaper:  “I’ve never been there when the Royal family themselves exchanged presents but I know that they’re quite simple or jokey things – never terribly expensive.”


The monarch will spend the festive season at Sandringham
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It’s been reported that Prince William, once gave his grandmother a pair of slippers with the late Queen’s image emblazoned on them. The Princess of Wales previously admitted she made the late Queen some homemade chutney for Christmas.

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