The Christmas Reunion of 1963 Welcomes Four Future Royals and Their Unique Stories

Christmas 1963: An Exceptional Year for Royal Anticipation

Sixty years ago, the royal scene was abuzz with a unique occurrence — a surge in royal pregnancies that captivated public attention.

By spring 1963, half of the working royals were expecting, with the Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Alexandra, and Katherine, the Duchess of Kent, all carrying.

Royal Etiquette and Joyful Reunions

During pregnancy, royal ladies were traditionally kept out of the public eye, marked by official announcements stating their withdrawal from public engagements.

However, behind palace walls, the royal mothers-to-be, including the Queen’s cousins and sister, reunited for Christmas at Sandringham, sparking much cheer and laughter.

Personal Trials Amidst Royal Expectations

Amidst the festive atmosphere, Princess Alexandra shared a harrowing experience involving a burglar at her residence, Thatched House Lodge in Richmond Park.

Despite this ordeal, she welcomed her first child, James Robert Bruce, on 29 February 1964, infusing humor about sharing birthdays with significant dates.

Births and Unusual Events

The series of royal births commenced with the arrival of Prince Edward Antony Richard Louis at Buckingham Palace, followed by the Duchess of Kent, who welcomed daughter Lucy Marina Helen at their countryside home.

Princess Margaret’s Unique Journey to Motherhood

Princess Margaret, known for her vibrant personality, chose to embrace the swinging sixties during her pregnancy, touring various public events and performances.

She ultimately welcomed Lady Sarah Frances Elizabeth Armstrong-Jones, concluding the quartet of royal babies born within months of each other.

Reflecting on Remarkable Beginnings

The four royal babies, two boys, and two girls, brought joy and excitement to the royal family and the public alike.

As they approach their 60th birthdays, their early arrivals amid the Christmas celebrations of 1963 remain a cherished part of royal history.

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