In the royal family, the holidays are always celebrated with a bang – including New Year. Queen Elizabeth II is usually responsible for hosting many of the family vacations. But after Christmas, many of their family members have left Sandringham House to celebrate in their own way in 2019. So, what is the queen doing on New Year's Day? Read on to find out how the rest of the royal family is celebrating.
What is the Queen doing on New Year's Day?
With Her Majesty's favorite holiday (of course, at Christmas), the Queen of England has said goodbye to some of her family members – including Prince William and Kate Middleton, who spend the New Year with Kate's family – preparing for their annual New Year and New Year traditions , How the queen celebrates the New Year each year is explained below.
Your friends and family live at Sandringham House
After their Christmas visitors leave, the Queen – well, her staff – Sandringham House in the best of order welcomes new guests to Norfolk, England (see Villa). Each year, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip invite friends and other family members (those who can not spend Christmas with their majesty) to a New Year's Eve celebration at Sandringham House.
She goes to bed first
In the royal family there are rules about who has to go to bed first – even on New Year's Eve. Apparently nobody can beat the hay in front of their majesty. That is, if those who stay with her can not stay up until the midnight party and the queen does, they'd best drink a cup of tea at tea time.
She attends a service on New Year's Day
Like Christmas, the Queen welcomes the New Year with a service. Her Majesty is the first to attend Prince Philip and her friends and family on New Year's Day before joining some of her favorite activities.
She spends the rest of the day on horses.
At the age of 92, Queen Elizabeth II was still rising to her horses from time to time. New Year's Day is one of her favorite times (read most in a row) to drive a few laps with her beloved horses at Sandringham House. Talk about a way to ring in the new year!
It hunts pheasants
There is no information on whether the queen is actually hunting or not, but January is the pheasant hunting season and the activity is usually a must for the royals (and those who live with them) on New Year's Day.
How does the royal family celebrate the New Year?
While the Queen and Prince Philip are busy at Sandringham House, other members of the royal family plunge alone from New Year's Eve adventures. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle like to travel (last year they were in Monaco!), Prince William and Kate Middleton always spend them in New York's Middleton family, and Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles travel to Scotland and stay at their home in Balmoral  Take a look at the cheat sheet on Facebook!