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Laura Sharman

Mike Tindall explains why his kids don't sit with other royals for Christmas dinner

Mike Tindall has revealed why his children do not sit with the other royals for Christmas dinner.

The I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! star, who is married the King's niece Zara Tindall, explained that kids traditionally sit in a separate room for the royal family's annual festive meal.

King Charles, Camilla Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children are often among guests along with other senior royals.

Mike, 44, and Zara, 41, also attends the three-course lunch with their children Mia, eight, and Lena, four.

The former England rugby player said royal children do not sit with grown up family members because they have their own table in a different room.

Mike and Zara Tindall were among royals who attended the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham (Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

Speaking on the House of Rugby podcast, he said: "There must be about 70 of us there. There are seven tables and then the kiddies have their own little one in a different room."

The royal family also throw a Secret Santa every year which is said to be full of cheap joke presents to make each other laugh.

Speaking previously, royal expert Brian Hoey said: “During the afternoon, they all creep down to the drawing room and secretly place their gifts on the table."

Mike and Zara with four-year-old Lena (Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)
The family had Christmas lunch with the King (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

They are opened on Christmas Eve, in keeping with the German tradition introduced by Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert.

Mike and Zara were seen walking hand-in-hand with their daughter Lena for a festive stroll in Sandringham on Christmas Day.

Dressed in a sweet burgundy coat, Lena stole the show as she held hands with both her parents and wandered alongside them.

Mike looked dapper in a grey suit, striped shirt and a blue tie along with a pair of black shiny shoes.

The family looked dapper in grey and crimson (PA)
Lena with her cousin Savannah Phillips (Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

Matching both her husband and daughter, Zara wore a long grey coat, a high-neck black top and burgundy fascinator, a handbag and high-heeled shoes.

The couple also share a one-year-old son, Lucas.

Crowds had gathered as the family made their way to the service at St Mary Magdalene Church as part of their traditional morning festivities.

King Charles delivered his inaugural Christmas speech to the nation on Christmas Day in a historic moment for the monarch.

Mike explained how children eat separately to adults at the royal family Christmas lunch (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

The King reflected on how he was standing "so close to where my beloved mother, the late Queen, is laid to rest with my dear father" in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

He also thanked the public for the "love and sympathy" following her passing and spoke of "community and the very foundation of our society" - including the Covid aftermath, politics, the Ukraine war and the ongoing cost of living crisis.

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