King Charles' 'bizarre' Christmas gifts he uses to prank staff

The monarch has a funny way of spreading festive cheer among his royal household, according to a former butler.

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King Charles uses 'bizarre' gifts to prank staff at Christmas time.


King Charles is known to leave 'bizarre' gifts to prank his staff in the run up to Christmas.

The Monarch, who is celebrating with family in Sandringham (opens in new tab) this year, sadly, without his mother the Queen, who died in September (opens in new tab), has previously gone the extra mile to make Christmas fun for his staff.

According to King Charles' former royal butler, Grand Harrold, the King, who was officially known as Prince Charles back then, would leave staff a fun gift as well as a "proper" present.

Grant said, "One time he left a tin of salmon and one year I got a salt and pepper grinder wrapped in a ribbon. He had probably been given a hamper and sometimes there would be a lot in them and he would give some of the bits to us.”

"I just thought it was so bizarre because you don't expect those little things. It shows that they've got that fun, practical side to them."

However, Grant also got a more formal gift from the royals as well.

He added: "For actual proper gifts would be things like tea cups and saucers or whiskey glasses. One year I got a lovely water jug."

King Charles shaking hands with father Christmas

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King Charles and Camilla Queen Consort released their annual Christmas card (opens in new tab) last week and the monarch is expected to make a sad change this Christmas (opens in new tab) that will highlight the Queen is no longer around.

While Meghan and Prince Harry make their own Christmas plans, having rejected Charles' offer to Sandringham (opens in new tab), Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Wales' kids are expected to take part in a traditional royal family Christmas - with Prince Louis eating his dinner in a different room. (opens in new tab)

But if you're wondering what the royals will be tucking into on Christmas Day, we have the royal menu (opens in new tab) from Windsor castle.

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The royals have been busy in the run up to Christmas taking part in several festive events including Kate Middleton's Christmas carol concert.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.