For the first time, four generations of the British Royal Family have come together for a wonderful cause: The Royal British Legion’s ‘Together at Christmas’ initiative.

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Queen Elizabeth II, as the Legion’s Patron, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince George prepared special Christmas puddings at Buckingham Palace.

The Royal British Legion launched their new project in the hope they can provide extra support to the Armed Forces community at annual Christmas gatherings in the UK and abroad.

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Many servicemen and women are often away on deployment and are unable to return home to spend the Christmas season with family and friends.

Charles Byrne, The Royal British Legion’s Director-General said, ‘Bringing people, families and communities together lies at the heart of the Legion’s work and has done since we were founded in 1921.

‘As we head towards our centenary in 2021, we are proud to start a new tradition for our community with the support of our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and three generations of her family.’

Making and eating Christmas puddings, usually served as dessert, during lunch or dinner, has been a tradition for many years for families in Great Britain and Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

‘As The Monarch and next three generations, Her Majesty and Their Royal Highnesses represent a cross-section of those supported by the Legion, from the children of service personnel, to Second World War veterans,’ Mr Brynes adds.

Making and eating Christmas puddings, usually served as dessert, during lunch or dinner, has been a tradition for many years for families in Great Britain and Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

The Royal British Legion’s care home chef Alex Cavaliere led the pudding mix session, with four veterans – Colin Hughes, Liam Young, Lisa Evans and Barbara Hurman – also attended.

A new Royal British Legion recipe was created for the launch, with the Royal Family adding poppy seeds to the mixture, in recognition of the charity’s iconic symbol of Remembrance.

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The Queen, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George used four wooden spoons to stir the four puddings together, placing special commemorative sixpences into the mixture, ready to be found during next year’s Christmas dinners.

These special puddings will form part of 99 puddings distributed across the Legion’s network in time for the festive season in 2020, which will mark the charity’s 99th anniversary.

The Legion hopes they will provide a sense of community and companionship to help combat loneliness and isolation which some members of the Armed forces experience during festive periods.

Events will start in 2020 and will be hosted in various high streets, care homes and other locations across Great Britain, as Mr Byrne says he looks forward to sharing these special puddings with help from the Royal Family.

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