Friday , December 4 2020

What does the Queen do on New Year's Day?

In the royal family, holidays are always celebrated with a bang – including New Year. And Queen Elizabeth II is typically responsible for hosting many of the family holidays. But on Christmas Eve, many of her family members have left Sandringham House to celebrate 2019 in their own ways. So what does the Queen do on New Year's Day? Continue reading to find out, plus how the rest of the royal family celebrates.

Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II spends New Year's Day away from some of her family members. | Stefan Wermuth / WPA Pool / Getty Images

What does the Queen do on New Year's Day?

With Her Majesty's favorite holiday (Christmas of course) over, the Queen of England has said goodbye to some of her family members – including Prince William and Kate Middleton who spend New Year with Kate's family – and prepared for her annual New Year's Eve and New Year's traditions. Find out how the Queen celebrates New Year each year below.

Her friends and family stay at Sandringham House

After her Christmas visitors have left the Queen – well, her staff – Sandringham House in tip top order to welcome new guests to the Norfolk, England residence (read: Manor). Every year, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip invite friends and other family members (those who could not spend Christmas with her majesty) to Sandringham House for New Year's Eve.

She goes to bed first

In the royal family there are rules about who must first go to bed – even on New Year's Eve. Apparently, no one can beat the hay before Her Majesty. This means that if those who live with her can't stay up to the midnight celebration and the queen does, they drink an extra cup of tea at tea time.

She attends a church service on New Year's Day

Like Christmas, the Queen welcomes the new year with a church service. Her Majesty participates in service with Prince Philip and their friends and family only on New Year's Day before taking part in some of her favorite activities.

She spends the rest of the day riding horses

At 92, Queen Elizabeth II is still on horses from time to time. New Year's Day is one of her favorite (read: most coherent) times to make a few laps with her beloved horses in Sandringham House. Talk about a way to call in the new year!

She chases pheasants

There is no word about whether the Queen actually does hunt, but January is the Phase Night, and activity is typically a must for the royal (and those living with them) on New Year's Day.

How does the royal family celebrate New Year?

While the Queen and Prince Philip are in Sandringham House, other members of the royal family kill their own New Year's Eve adventure. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle like to travel (last year they went to Monaco!), Prince William and Kate Middleton always use it at the Middleton family's NEW Bash, and Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles head to Scotland and stay on their Balmoral property.

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