Inside the Royal Familys very strict seating plans for Christmas dinner

It's no secret that the Royal Family follow a strict set of protocols, and it looks like Christmas is no different.

The royals' festive celebrations are filled with joyous traditions and events, including a Christmas Eve black tie dinner and a lavish breakfast buffet on Boxing Day.

There's usually various festive lunches and get togethers in the royal Christmas calendar, and it's been revealed that members of the prestigious family don't get to choose who they sit with.

Mike Tindall, who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara, has lifted the lid on the strict seating plan in place during Her Majesty's annual festive lunch.

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During an episode of his podcast, The Good, The Bad & The Rugby, Mike was questioned by his co-hosts, Alex Payne and James Haskell, about where he sits during the royal party.

James jokingly asked dad of three Mike: "Do you find yourself upgrading every year and getting closer to the main table or are you off out the back? Is there a promotion and relegation based on the year's performance?

"Because if there is I imagine you're pretty much sitting on the right-hand side of Her Majesty."

Ignoring the joke, Mike went on to reveal that around 70 people attend the annual event, and it is strictly limited to 10 people per table.

He responded: "I was on Prince Charles' table, it was lovely. This is the family lunch, there were seven tables so there must have been about 70 of us there."

Mike then revealed that all of the royal children are seated in a separate room to the adults, adding: "The kiddies have their own little one in a different room."

This would mean that his own children, Mia, seven, Lena, three, and baby Lucas, eight months, are seated separately from himself and Zara, and no doubt join other royal children, like Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis at the designated children's lunch.

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However, this year the Royal Family's annual pre-Christmas party and lunch is believed to have been cancelled.

According to reports, The Queen has "regretfully" decided to cancel the family get together as Omicron fears continue to grow.

Cases of the COVID-19 variant are rapidly rising in the UK, leaving Her Majesty reportedly feeling that the “risk” is too high on the rest of the family’s plans over the Christmas period.

The Daily Mail’s Royal correspondent Rebecca English, announced on Twitter: "It could put too many people’s Christmas arrangements at risk if it went ahead.

“The decision is a precautionary one,” she continued. “The Queen is regretful, but feels it is the right thing to do.”

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