The Royal Family's Gag Gift Tradition Is Utterly Hilarious

Andrew Denny

The royal family has a lot of holiday traditions as they retreat to Sandringham for their annual Christmas celebration, but one of their best is far from the regal public persona they often exude. Instead of exchanging exotic and expensive gifts fit for a Queen, the royal family engages in a spirited contest of who can give the funniest gag gift.

The royal family never publicly discloses what "cheap and cheerful" gifts they have given each other, and probably for good reason. A few details, however, have escaped over the years, according to 9Honey. Perhaps the most celebrated of the known gags has been Princess Anne's gift to her brother Charles of a white leather toilet seat, which reportedly got under the skin of the Prince of Wales at the time, though he reportedly now loves it and travels with it.

Another is Kate's gift to Prince Harry when he was still single, which was a grow-your-own girlfriend kit. Queen Elizabeth herself has been the beneficiary of the traditional silliness, as Prince Harry once gave her a shower cap that read "Ain't Life a B***h?" An unnamed conspirator also gifted a t-shirt that read "I went to Buckingham Palace and all I got was a royal waste of my time." Meanwhile, the young Prince William once received a Winnie The Pooh-themed set of china.

Meghan Markle, in her first Christmas with the royal family last year, gave The Queen a stuffed hamster that sings. The Queen was moved to laughter when the royal corgis snatched the gift from her hands, saying that they "can keep my dogs company."

"The crazier and the more quirky is what they love," Princess Diana's former chef Darren McGrady previously told People.

"It's not about something really amazing or a Cartier watch."