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A Royal Christmas

A Royal Christmas [Kindle Edition]

Jeremy Archer
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This is a book for Christmas-loving Royalists ... a veritable hotchpotch of vignettes: many of them charming and some of them moving. - Ysenda Maxtone Graham, The Spectator

Jeremy Archer has an eye for an anecdote and a clever way of arranging his material. The result is like an enormous bran tub: dip in, and you're sure to find something to keep you entertained until it's time to turn on the television for the Queen. - Kathryn Hughes, The Mail on Sunday

Twelve foot snowmen, embarrassing relatives and festive propaganda: A Royal Christmas explores the Yuletide traditions of the monarchy. --Harry Mount, The Telegraph

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“An easy to read treat for royal enthusiasts, skilfully assembled to highlight significant episodes in our history from the comic to the tragic … informative and enjoyable” Sarah Bradford “Jeremy Archer takes Christmas as his springboard and thus, in a series of fascinating vignettes, he brings to life many varied members of the Royal Family over two centuries.” Hugo Vickers A Royal Christmas is a Christmas pudding of a book, enticingly full of silver threepenny pieces. Organised thematically, it covers such topics as Christmas and conflict in the 20th century, Christmas pastimes, festive feasts, Christmas and the Commonwealth, and many more, to reveal the many ways in which the Royal Family have celebrated Christmas through the ages. Jeremy Archer has delved into the Royal Archives to uncover the personal thoughts of many members of the Royal Family during the Christmas period. What comes over most strongly from Queen Victoria’s journals is the importance of family: the joys they shared, the trials they endured, and the carefully-selected gifts they exchanged. Although there is much happiness, tragedy is a common bed-fellow, particularly in earlier times. And conflict is seldom very far away. But this is a celebration – both of an enduring festive season and an extraordinary family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 799 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908739223
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (25 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars a royal Christmas 12 May 2014
By elaine
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I am really enjoying this insight into the royal times . Some earlier passages seem to grind on a little but on the whole very enjoyable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 9 May 2014
By Ann
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A very clear and consice knowledgable book if you like reading about the Royal family enjoyed very much thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading for history buffs 6 May 2014
By valg
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I liked this very much, plenty of information and reproduction of diaries and letters written by various royals through the ages. The only reason for not giving it five stars was because I found it jumped about a bit through history, for example Queen Victoria's writings seemed to crop up throughout the book rather than dealing with one Royal at a time. However, it is welly worth a read and very informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas, Merry and Not 18 Dec 2013
By Roberta - Published on
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`A royal Christmas' contains; "extracts from journals, diaries letters" to "reveal the many ways in which the Royal Family has celebrated through the ages."

Mr. Archer has provided historical background for the letters, which are interspersed with the them. The book is published in the UK. The font is easy to read, on crème colored pages. There are 2 sections of photographs.

Here are 2 excerpts from the book:

"On 19 December 1644, during the English Civil war, Parliament proclaimed:

Whereas some doubts have been raised whether the next fast shall be celebrated, because it falleth on the day which, heretofore, was usually called the Feast of the Nativity of our Savior; the Lords and Commons do order and ordain that public notice be given, that the Fast appointed to be kept on the last Wednesday in every month, ought to be observed until it be otherwise ordered by both houses; and this day particularly is to be kept with the more solemn humiliation because it may call to remembrance our sins and the sins of our forefathers, who have turned this Feast, pretending the memory of Christ, into an extreme forgetfulness of him, by giving liberty to carnal and sensual delights; being contrary to the life which Christ himself led her upon the earth..."


Crown Prince William, the eldest of five sons of Emperor William II . . . took command of the 5th German army in August 1914. In his war memoirs he wrote"

" I shall never forget the first Christmas of the war. For us Germans, Holy Christmastime is, after all, the most glorious time of the year, when even the hardest of men softens at the thought of his own childhood, his home and his family. Thus I felt particularly drawn to my field-grey boys on this occasion, and I steered my car in the direction of the Argonne. . . . thick snow lay on the hilltops above this Forest of the Dead. The shells howled their monotonous and hideous melody, and from time to time, the sacred silence was rent by the burst of a machine-gun's fire . . . Nevertheless. The spirits of the men were everywhere very cheerful. Every dugout had its Christmas tree, and from all directions came the sound of rough men's voices singing our exquisite old Christmas songs.

[Walter] Kirchhoff, the concert singer, who was attached to our Headquarters Staff for a while as orderly officer, sang his Christmas songs on that same sacred evening in the frontline trenches of the 130th Regiment. And on the following day he told me that, some French soldiers who had climbed up their parapet had continued to applaud, until at last he gave them an encore. Thus amid the bitter realities of trench warfare, with all its squalor, a Christmas song had worked a miracle and thrown up a bridge from man to man."


There are many letters from the Young and Old, Queen Victoria and excerpts from her diaries in and around Christmas. We see her young and tender, visiting and extending kindness to Gypsies during Christmas. Her grief at the death of Prince Albert and her remembrance of his love for Christmas. Lots of interesting history here, for anyone, but especially for those who love Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ROYAL CHRISTMAS MEMORIES 2 Feb 2013
By Carole Linda Gonzalez - Published on
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I thought this was a very interesting collection of royal memories of the holiday. Sourced from diaries and other personal communications.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Royal Christmas 1 Feb 2013
By SHW - Published on
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A very fun book on bits of history surrounding the holiday. Recommended not only just for the holiday season alone
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 24 Jan 2013
By dianna - Published on
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It arrived a few days ago and looks like great reading.A truly beautiful book and pictures and alot of history.
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