Royals’ weird tradition sees family weigh themselves after arriving at Sandringham for Christmas

Every year, The British Royal Family gather together for a jam-packed few days of highly-organised Christmas celebrations.

Of course, they celebrate with a cheeky tipple just like the rest of us Brits, but they also have to adhere to many rules and age-old traditions.

Whilst the majority of the festive events don't seem that shocking; a pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace; a church service on December 25; formal attire… One particular ritual seems pretty strange.

The newly-released film about Princess Diana, titled Spencer, follows the late royal attending all typical festive events alongside sons Prince William and Prince Harry.

However, one scene has shocked fans, after the Princess is seen weighing herself upon her arrival at Sandringham for the family celebrations.

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Set in the early 1990s, the movie has caused its viewers to question whether or not this particularly strange scene is an accurate portrayal of real life events.

Whilst the film's director has leaned away from calling it a biopic – instead opting to call it a "fable from a true tragedy" – one royal expert has claimed the ritual of weighing oneself upon arrival at Sandringham is in fact, completely accurate.

Speaking to Grazia, Ingrid Seward revealed that the Queen maintains the tradition of ensuring all guests at her Norfolk estate "weigh themselves" after arriving.

It's claimed this is a ritual which dates all the way back to Edward VII's reign and is always done using a particular set of antique weighing scales.

Royal expert Ingrid detailed that this was due to Edward wanting to make sure all of his guests at Sandringham left well fed, so their weight was noted both when they arrived, and just before they left.

However, it's unknown whether or not this tradition is still being upheld in 2021.

Regardless of whether or not the scales are being whipped out on the big day, one think the royals can bank on is that they will always leave feeling well-fed.

Former royal chef, Darren McGrady has previously spilled some of the kitchen's secrets.

Speaking about the lavish spread which is served up on December 25, he revealed: "After church, that's when they have a big lunch that includes a salad with shrimp or lobster, and a roasted turkey.

And all of your traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.

"They stick with the same meal year after year."

We're not sure about you but we definitely wouldn't feel like stepping on the scales after a meal that grand!

This year, it's said that Her Majesty is "totally committed" to hosting an incredible Christmas for her family at Sandringham, following a tough few weeks.

The Matriarch is currently resting and is taking a break from all public engagements and royal duties until this weekend's Remembrance Sunday.

Last year, she and her late husband Prince Philip were forced to spend the festive period alone at Windsor Castle due to the strict coronavirus restrictions.

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