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Four generations of the Royal Family mix Christmas pudding for charity

They put four sixpences inside (Picture: PA)

The Queen has been pictured mixing Christmas puddings alongside her son, grandson, and great-grandson.

Four generations of the Royal Family joined together to cook up the traditional desserts for a good cause.

They distributed the final festive treats to armed forces communities at home and abroad as part of a project by the Royal British Legion (RBL).

Photographs from the kitchen show how they Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince George all joined the Queen to take part in the fun.

We’re not sure if they joined in a rendition of ‘Now bring us some figgy pudding’ as it baked but we like to think so.

Though next time, we’d recommend wearing an apron as they are wearing pretty snazzy suits to potentially get mixture on.

It was in aid of the Royal British Legion (Picture: PA)

The quartet made the puddings at Buckingham Palace in aid of the RBL’s Together At Christmas initiative a few days before December 25 last year.

And yes, they did add four commemorative sixpences to be found by lucky recipients.

Now they have been given to serving military, volunteers and people supported by the RBL who took part in virtual gatherings to bring people together at a time when issues like loneliness and money concerns come to the fore.

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.’

The Legion’s first Together At Christmas events were due to be hosted at high street locations, care homes and Legion branches but the pandemic meant the gatherings had to be moved online.

The RBL has sent 99 puddings to families in the UK, others in Spain and Fiji, and to service personnel deployed in Bahrain this Christmas.

Veteran Poppy Appeal volunteer Vera Parnaby, 81, from Consett, County Durham, who has raised more than £1 million, received a special Christmas pudding.

Julian Groves, 59, who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps for 11 years, joined one of the get-togethers and discovered a sixpence in his pudding.

During the pandemic he has been receiving regular calls from the Legion’s Telephone Buddy service to help with 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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