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There is a long-standing royal Christmas tradition between the Prince and Princess of Wales.

Former royal chef Darren McGrady, who worked for the late Queen Elizabeth II and other senior royals for 15 years, told The Mirror that Prince William and Kate Middleton had breakfast separately on Christmas Day.

All couples in the company adhere to this festive royal tradition, and they usually celebrate the holidays at Sandringham Palace in Norfolk, England.

While the women of the family enjoy Christmas breakfast in their rooms, the men gather in the dining room for breakfast at 8:30am.

Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis and Kate Middleton. WPA Pool/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Royals love 'big breakfasts'

McGrady also previously shared details of the royal Christmas breakfast with the Daily Mail .

"On Christmas Day, women usually opt for a light breakfast of sliced ​​fruit, half a grapefruit, toast and coffee delivered to the room," he revealed.

For men, they prefer a "big breakfast" with bacon, mushrooms, kippers and roasted kidneys.

After breakfast, the royal family gathered for an 11 a.m. Mass at nearby St. Mary Magdalene Church. "When they come back, it's straight to the pre-lunch drink," Maddie added.

On Christmas Day, the royal family. Samir Hussain/WireImage/Getty Images

Royal Christmas Eve Traditions

Chef McGrady also revealed that the royal family will gather at 4pm on Christmas Eve for afternoon tea "under the exquisitely painted ceiling of the gorgeous Sandringham Salon".

As Prince Harry points out in his memoir, Spare, members of the royal family also exchange gifts on Christmas Eve rather than on the big day.

“We were in a big room at Sandringham and there was a long table covered with a white cloth and white business cards,” Harry recalls in the book. "At the beginning of the night, we each found our place and stood in front of our pile of gifts."

"Then all of a sudden, everyone started opening up at the same time. It was a free-for-all, with dozens of family members talking, bowing, and ripping wrapping paper at the same time," he added.

Prince George, Prince William, Princess Charlotte and the Princess of Wales. Samir Hussain/WireImage/Getty Images

According to the royal family's official website, the family "placed the gifts on the trestle table and exchanged gifts during tea time."