The History of King’s Lynn in 100 Objects with Lynn Museum: A pud by Royal appointment

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This box once contained a Royal Christmas pudding. Since the reign of George V (1910-1936) Kings and Queens of Great Britain have presented their estate staff with a Christmas gift.

For many years this has taken the form of a Christmas pudding. The pudding inside this box from Lynn Museum was presented by HRH Queen Elizabeth II to a member of staff at near by Sandringham. The purple box is stamped with the Royal cipher EIIR and a crown. The Queen has presented over 80,000 Christmas puddings during her reign.

The dense round pudding still gifted today by The Queen would be unrecognisable to those celebrating Christmas in the past. During the Tudor period (1485-1603) wealthy partygoers enjoyed plum pottage. This was a sloppy pudding made with onions, fruit, spices and mutton. Over time the meat was removed to leave only suet, and the pudding became more solid, known as figgy pudding. The Victorians continued an earlier tradition of mixing trinkets into the pudding to tell guests their fortune. See the Royal Christmas pudding box on display at Lynn Museum only until January 3. Have a go at our Christmas trail and take home a festive prize!