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Remember when allPrince Georgewanted for Christmas was a toy police car? Man, weren’t those simpler times. 

Because if a recentCloserreport is to be believed, the royal offspring have really upped their Santa game. A source told the outlet (via theDaily Mail) thatPrincess Charlotteis “obsessed with horses,” as is practically her royal birthright, the women in her family tending to be excellent equestrians. As such, continued the source, “She’s asked for a pony.”

Prince Williamis said to think his 4-year-old daughter is just a touch young to be trotting along in great-grandmaQueen Elizabeth II‘s footsteps, and might need to wait until next year. Instead both she and George (who seems likely to get the tennis racket he requested) will “be receiving children’s cookery sets because they love making a mess in the kitchen!” 

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Mom and Dad, meanwhile, are whipping up some yuletide cheer. Because even without the kindergartner’s wish list fully realized, her holiday season will be heavy on the merry.  

In their ongoing effort to give their pint-sized heirs to the British throne as normal a childhood as could be reasonably expected, William and wifeKate Middletonlean in hard to the classic trappings of the season. “It’s important to them that their kids share childhood traditions like their school pals,” an insider toldUs Weeklylast year, adding that with it beingPrince Louis‘ first Christmas, they were “going all-out to make it extra special.” 

Though, that’s the general modus operandi in the Cambridge household, where the Christmas trees are plentiful (the one set up outside their four-story Kensington Palace apartment alone is 30 feet of grandeur), the spirit is excessively jolly and the traditions are firmly entrenched. Like, some several decades of royal protocol entrenched. 

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Such will be the case this year when the family spends the holiday at Gan-Gan’s for the third year running.   

As one might expect, the monarch runs a fairly tight ship during her three days of festivities at Sandringham, her quaint, 20,000-acre country home in Norfolk. The affair kicks off on Christmas Eve with presents in the red drawing room (while adults exchange gag gifts, more expensive items thought to be gauche for the wealthy family, children receive actual toys) followed by supper.

Christmas morning service is a must for all but the littlest of royals (William was 5 when he first attended whilePrince Harrydidn’t turn up at St. Mary Magdalene until he was 7) and while the Queen andPrince Philipare chauffeured over, the younger royals are expected to make a show of it, the walk in their church finery drawing thousands of curious spectators. Then there’s the family lunch with all the trimmings before settling in for the Queen’s annual 3 p.m. address, pre-taped in Buckingham Palace’s White Drawing Room. 

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“It’s quite a strange day because if you’re from up north, normally I’d spend my whole day in my boxer shorts,” Mike Tindall, husband of the queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, offered on the podcast House of Rugby.

“So by the time I’d normally have gotten up, I’ve been to church twice. It’s strange for me, with not really a massive church-going background. So yeah, it’s completely different. I’ve never had to take as many outfits anywhere.”

Because dinners are formal, multi-course affairs where both black tie and impeccable manners are required. Which means children—along with George, 5, Charlotte, and 20-month-old Louis, the Tindall’s girlsMIA, 5, andLena, 18 months, are set to attend as areSavannah, 8, andIsla Phillips, 7, daught

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