By Cody Roark
The Queen and Prince George bake festive treats to continue long-standing royal family Christmas traditions. Four generations of the family came together over the weekend, on Saturday, to bake the holiday treats.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William, and six-year-old Prince George all came together at Buckingham Palace to make Christmas puddings for the Royal British Legion’s new initiative, “Together at Christmas.” In a series of photos released by Kensington Palace, we can see young Prince George mixing ingredients alongside his great grandmother Queen Elizabeth, grandfather the Prince of Wales, and father the Duke of Cambridge.
The Royal British Legion’s new initiative is designed to combat the loneliness and isolation that can accompany members of the British Armed Forces around the holiday season. “Bringing people, families, and communities together lies at the heart of the Legion’s work and has done since we were founded in 1921,” said Charles Byrne, The Royal British Legion’s Director General. “As we head towards our centenary in 2021, we are proud to start a new tradition for our community with the support of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and three generations of her family.”
A chef from one of the Legion’s care homes, Alex Cavaliere, led the pudding mixing session. He had created a new Royal British Legion recipe just for the launch. The royal family used Alex’s recipe to get started and added their own flair, dropping poppy seeds into the mixture as a symbol of remembrance.
The Christmas desserts prepared by the royal family are meant to be the centerpieces for next year’s Christmas gatherings orchestrated by the Royal British Legion. According to the Legion, the annual events will be hosted at high street locations, care homes, membership branches, and other places. The Royal’s puddings will be part of 99 puddings being distributed around Christmas of next year, marking the Royal British Legion’s 99th year.
Prince George certainly seems to be enjoying himself in the kitchen, according to the photos. His mother, Kate Middleton, recently explained some of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s personal family traditions on a Christmas television special with Mary Berry. Kate told how the children love cooking and making pizza dough. She went on to explain her own birthday tradition she does every year. “I love making the [birthday] cake,” Middleton shared. “It’s become a bit of a tradition that I sort of stay up until midnight with ridiculous amounts of cake mix and icing. I make far too much, but I love it.”
The royal family has a myriad of traditions they all follow. They certainly seem to have the holidays in full swing this year and are enjoying every second of it.