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You'd presume that being a child in the Royal Family would entitle you to a shed load of gifts at Christmas.

After all, you have a huge and wealthy family that is likely to spoil you rotten - perhaps that's what Prince George and Princess Charlotte are hoping for this year.

George is said to have already submitted a small wish list to Father Christmas but his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton are making sure that he and his sister understand the true meaning of Christmas.

Rather than shower their children with gifts, the couple is showing restraint by limiting the number of presents that George and Charlotte will receive.

This news comes courtesy of a Middleton family friend, who told US Weekly that they believe the children shouldn't be overindulged at this time of year:

They’re both extremely careful. 

Receiving that many gifts wouldn’t have a good effect on the kids. It's their worst nightmare.

I think William and Kate love Christmas just as much as George and Charlotte.

For them, it's about coming together and enjoying the holiday.

The anonymous source does add that the children are likely to receive some presents with a dollhouse for Charlotte and anything on wheels (bicycles, skateboards, toy cars) likely for George.

The insider does claim that the family are often sent gifts from fans all over the globe. While they are grateful for them, the items are usually donated to children's organisations and toy banks.

This was later confirmed by a spokesperson from Kensington Palace who told the Daily Mail:

Some items will be taken into the home and others stored within the royal household.

On occasion, and where appropriate, items may be donated to organisations who can make good use of them. 

Their Royal Highnesses are incredibly grateful for the warmth and generosity that has been extended to their children from members of the public.

Although this policy is highly admirable, you might be wondering whether the rest of the royals receive gifts at Christmas too.

According to the official Royal Family website, the answer is yes. The site states that the family exchange gifts on Christmas Eve by laying them out on trestle tables at teatime.

Each member of the Royal Family also receives a specific gift from the Queen, who also hands out a few presents to members of staff at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace too.

HT Lad Bible

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