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Inside what happens at the annual Royal Family gift exchange

Inside what happens at the annual Royal Family gift exchange

Members of the royal family may have to follow strict guidelines and traditions throughout the year, but the annual Christmas gift exchange is said to hold a light, formal tone with the Queen.

It is no secret either that the Windsor’s’ love a good wind up and in doing so, have been known to hand each other cheeky gifts to celebrate the annual holiday.

Each year on Christmas eve, members of the royal family gather together at the Sandringham Estate where they give each other gifts following an intimate family afternoon tea.

Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren reportedly take part in their gift exchange on Christmas Eve over Christmas Day, in a nod to their German ancestry.

The family is believed to gather in the red drawing room at 6 p.m., where gifts have been secretly laid out for each family member.

However, that is where any stale, old family traditions are thrown out the window because the Windsors like a gift with an admittedly silly tone.

The Mirror reported Prince Harry gifted his grandmother – The Queen – a shower cap that had "Ain't Life a B****" emblazoned across the front.

It has also been reported that before Prince Harry was dating Meghan Markle, his sister-in-law Duchess Kate handed him a "Grow Your Own Girlfriend" gift as a gag.

Other silly presents that have been exchanged over the years according to The Mirror include a leather toilet seat, which Princess Anne once gave her older brother, Prince Charles, and a leopard print bath mat, a gift for Fergie from her sister in law, Princess Diana.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the Royal Family during Christmas throughout the years.