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The adorable Christmas tradition Princess Mary’s family follows at the palace

How the royals do Christmas: The adorable festive tradition Princess Mary’s family follows at the palace – and it’s a new take on Elf on the Shelf

  • Princess Mary and her family will celebrate Christmas with a sweet tradition
  • Queen Margrethe hides handmade elves around the palace for everyone to find
  • Mary and her family will celebrate Christmas this year with the Queen in Aarhus 
  • The Danish Royal family release a digital advent calendar every Christmas 
  • This year, it will feature a festive tale about the elves’ journey through the palace 


Princess Mary of Denmark and her family will be reunited with Queen Margrethe this Christmas and celebrate with a sweet festive tradition.  

While hiding a cheeky Elf on the Shelf around the house is a popular tradition in Australia and other parts of the world, Princess Mary and her family instead look for little handmade Christmas elves hidden by the queen.

An announcement on the Danish Royal Family‘s website confirmed Princess Mary, 49, her husband Crown Prince Frederik, 53, and their children Prince Christian, 16, Princess Isabella, 14, and twins Prince Vincent and Princess Josephine, 11 will spend Christmas at Marselisborg Palace in Aarhus.

Princess Mary and her family will spend this Christmas with her mother-in-law, Queen Margrethe in Aarhus and celebrate with a sweet tradition

Queen Margrethe handmakes little Christmas elves and hides them around the palace for her family to find

Queen Margrethe handmakes little Christmas elves and hides them around the palace for her family to find

The calendar's first chapter tells the story of 'Elf Father' and 'Elf Mother' waking up in a chandelier in Amalienborg palace where the Queen will reside until she travels to Aarhus on December 20 to meet with her daughter-in-law and family

The calendar’s first chapter tells the story of ‘Elf Father’ and ‘Elf Mother’ waking up in a chandelier in Amalienborg palace where the Queen will reside until she travels to Aarhus on December 20 to meet with her daughter-in-law and family

To mark the start of the festive season, the Danish Royal Family launched their digital advent calendar on December 1 and shared their yearly tradition of finding little elves handmade and hidden around the palace by Queen Margrethe herself.  

Every morning until December 25, a new door will open on the advent calendar revealing each step of the little elves’ journey through the palace with a Christmas angel.

It will tell a new story about some of the many majesties who sat on the throne before Queen Margrethe. 

To mark the start of the festive season, the family launched their digital advent calendar on December which begins a tales about Queen Margrethe's handmade elves' journey through the palace

To mark the start of the festive season, the family launched their digital advent calendar on December which begins a tales about Queen Margrethe’s handmade elves’ journey through the palace

The calendar’s first chapter tells the story of ‘Elf Father’ and ‘Elf Mother’ waking up in a chandelier in Amalienborg palace where the Queen will reside until she travels to Aarhus on December 20 to meet with her daughter-in-law and family. 

After a year’s slumber, the Christmas elves were woken up by a ‘flurry of activity’ as the palace prepares for the 50th anniversary of Queen Margrethe’s accession to the throne.  

According to the story, the elves are now on their way to Amalienborg’s attic to find their ‘elf children’. 

Since 2016, the Danish Royal Family have been sharing a glimpse into how they celebrate Christmas with their digital advent calendar telling a difference festive fairytale each year

Since 2016, the Danish Royal Family have been sharing a glimpse into how they celebrate Christmas with their digital advent calendar telling a difference festive fairytale each year

Since 2016, the Danish Royal Family have been sharing a glimpse into how they celebrate Christmas with their digital advent calendar telling a difference festive fairytale each year.  

Last year, they told the tale of an elf girl travelling throughout Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands in search of her siblings who she hasn’t seen since 1921 uncovering legends, myths and stories about Queen Margrethe’s predecessors along they way. 

You can follow the digital advent calendar on the Danish Royal Family’s website and Facebook page.   

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