Queens New Years Eve lucky dip tradition was agony for Princess Diana

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Many people celebrating the coming of a new year tonight will have their own little rituals.

Whether it be based around culture, religion or just family history, we all tend to do our own special things.

And the Queen is no different.

According to royal expert Brian Hoey, the 95-year-old Monarch enjoys to play a game of lucky dip to celebrate.

In his book, At Home with the Queen, he details how it all begins with one of her footmen entering her room with a bucket filled with “sawdust and a series of hidden notes”.

The notes contain predictions for the year ahead.

And, of course, the Queen gets first pick of the predictions – which she doesn't divulge – before going to bed so that other Royal Family members can do the same.

However, according to former private secretary Sir William Heseltine, who served in the role from 1986 to 1990, this tradition was not one of the late-Princess Diana's favourite things.

He said, when asked about the claims many years ago: “For Diana the long royal evenings were agony.

“There’d be an hour or so in the sitting room of everyone sitting around making conversation, and nobody felt it right to go to bed before the Queen did.

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“And Diana was driven to such extremes that she’d excuse herself and go to bed, which was thought to be rather bad form, going to bed before the Queen.”

This year, it is rumoured that the Queen, will be having a party, which has an open invitation to any Royal family members who wish to attend.

However, Prince William and wife Kate Middleton are spending it with the latter's family, while Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle are staying well away from the family, as they will be in America for the festivities.

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