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Christmas puddings made by Queen and Prince George donated to armed forces communities

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·3-min read

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Christmas puddings made by Prince George, with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have been donated to armed forces communities.

Last Christmas, pictures of the four generations of royals stirring up the puddings were released in aid of the Royal British Legion’s Together At Christmas project.

And this year, as millions of people including the Queen, William and George, face very different Christmases, the RBL has given out the puddings to members of the armed forces communities.

The royal four stirred up mixture and added four commemorative sixpences to the puddings for lucky recipients.

The puddings have been given to serving military, volunteers and people supported by the RBL who took part in virtual gatherings.

EMBARGOED TO 2200 MONDAY DECEMBER 21 Undated handout photo issued by the Royal British Legion of Vera Parnaby, 81, from Consett, County Durham, who has been a Royal British Legion volunteer for 75 years collecting in excess of £1 million for the Poppy Appeal. Vera was a recipient of a Royal British Legion 'Together at Christmas' gift box containing one of the Christmas puddings made by members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace in 2019. The Royal British Legion has gifted 99 Christmas puddings mixed by four generations of the Royal Family to members of the Armed Forces community across the UK and overseas as part of its 'Together at Christmas' initiative.
Vera Parnaby, 81, from Consett, County Durham, who has been a Royal British Legion volunteer for 75 years collecting in excess of £1 million for the Poppy Appeal. (PA)
EMBARGOED TO 2200 MONDAY DECEMBER 21 Not for use after 5th January 2021. NEWS EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE (including any use in merchandising, advertising or any other non-editorial use including, for example, calendars, books and supplements). This photograph is provided to you strictly on condition that you will make no charge for the supply, release or publication of it and that these conditions and restrictions will apply (and that you will pass these on) to any organisation to whom you supply it. The photograph must not be digitally enhanced, manipulated or modified in any manner or form and must include all of the individuals in the photograph when published. All other requests for use should be directed in writing to the Press Office at Buckingham Palace. Undated file photograph reissued by Buckingham Palace of Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George in 2019 preparing special Christmas puddings in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace, London. The Royal British Legion has gifted 99 Christmas puddings mixed by four generations of the Royal Family to members of the Armed Forces community across the UK and overseas as part of its 'Together at Christmas' initiative. Issue date: Monday December 21, 2020. Those taking part in the get togethers each received one of the special Christmas puddings mixed by the four members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace in December 2019. As well as being delivered to members of the Armed Forces community within the UK, the Legion has sent puddings to individuals and families in Spain, Fiji and to service personnel deployed in Bahrain this Christmas. See PA story ROYAL Christmas. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Queen Elizabeth II, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George in 2019 preparing special Christmas puddings in the Music Room at Buckingham Palace. (PA)

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RBL director-general Charles Byrne said: “Christmas can be a time when people’s financial worries or feelings of loneliness, isolation or anxiety are heightened, this year more than ever as people continue to adapt to life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We want all those within our community who may be feeling the pressures of the season to know that there is extra support available and the Legion is here for them.

“Bringing people together, combating loneliness and helping individuals and families feel connected is an important part of our work all year round.”

EMBARGOED TO 2200 MONDAY DECEMBER 21 Undated handout photo issued by the Royal British Legion of a gift box containing one of the Christmas puddings made by members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace in 2019. The Royal British Legion has gifted 99 Christmas puddings mixed by four generations of the Royal Family to members of the Armed Forces community across the UK and overseas as part of its 'Together at Christmas' initiative.
A gift box containing one of the Christmas puddings made by members of the royal family at Buckingham Palace in 2019. (PA/Royal British Legion)
EMBARGOED TO 2200 MONDAY DECEMBER 21 Screengrab taken from undated handout video issued by the Royal British Legion of members participating in a Together At Christmas group call in which they received a gift of a Christmas pudding made by members of the royal family. The Royal British Legion has gifted 99 Christmas puddings mixed by four generations of the Royal Family to members of the Armed Forces community across the UK and overseas as part of its 'Together at Christmas' initiative.
Royal British Legion members participating in a Together At Christmas group call in which they received a gift of a Christmas pudding made by members of the Royal Family. (Royal British Legion)

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The RBL’s Together At Christmas events were meant to be held on high streets, in care homes and elsewhere but all had to be moved online because of the pandemic.

The Legion sent 99 puddings to families in the UK, Spain and Fiji, and to servicemen deployed in Bahrain this year.

Vera Parnaby, 81, from Consett, County Durham, received a special pudding, marking her years of voluntary work for the RBL during which she has raised £1m.

Julian Groves, 59, tucked into a pudding during one of the virtual gatherings and found a commemorative sixpence.

Groves, who served in Royal Army Medical Corps for 11 years, has been having regular calls throughout the pandemic to help his social isolation.

He said: “It’s incredibly special to be part of Together At Christmas and I was amazed to discover the sixpence.

“I’ve never done anything like this before but the sense of comradeship it created made it feel like being back in the forces.

“No matter how tough things are, the Legion always rallies round, making sure everyone is looked after.”

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