How The Royals Will Be Spending Christmas

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  • Prince George and Princess Charlotte join the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the family Christmas portrait.

    This morning, Kensington Palace tweeted the image with the caption: “A new family photo – Merry Christmas from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte”.

    It’s all smiles as the young royals pose with their parents for the family Christmas card. Read more to find out what they’ll be up to during the festive season…

    Prince George has finally worked out what Christmas is, and his parents are expecting one super-excited little boy on the night of the 24th December.

    The two-and-a-half year old will be ‘extremely bouncy because he’s suddenly worked out what Christmas is all about’, Prince William told The Big Issue.

    Waiting up for Father Christmas

    William, who became a dad for the second time in April this year, says that George will be bouncing off the walls while Princess Charlotte will still be too young to know what’s going on.

    ‘So that will be two children, one who
    suddenly appreciates Christmas, which could be quite challenging. But
    I’m looking forward to it.’

    ‘George will be bouncing
    around like a rabbit… If I get any sleep on Christmas Eve it’ll be good!’

    Carving the turkey

    It’s been reported that William, Catherine, George and Charlotte won’t be taking part in the Queen’s normal Christmas Day celebration at Sandringham House. Instead, it’s thought that they will be hosting at their new 10-bedroom Georgian home Anmer Hall, which is also on the Queen’s sprawling Sandringham Estate. It’s recently been refurbished at the cost of £1.5million, so should be a suitably plush setting for the royals.

    Last year, the young family had Kate’s parents Carole and Michael for lunch, as well as her siblings Pippa and James, so this year it looks like George and Charlotte will be sharing their turkey with their Berkshire grandparents and uncle and aunt instead of their super-posh ones.

    Maintaining religious tradition

    But that’s not to say they won’t be seeing Granny Windsor at all on the big day. William has confirmed that there will be the traditional group outing to St Mary Magdalene Church near Sandringham for the relatives. ‘We’ll go to church as a family on Christmas Day, as we always do,’ he told The Big Issue. Last year, George wasn’t in attendance, but perhaps this year he’ll be old enough to join in.

    Civilised behaviour

    Being a respectable family, the Windsor kids won’t be allowed to rip into their presents at 5am and make themselves sick on Chocolate Orange before Mummy’s even made it out of bed. Oh, no. Presents will be opened after church. ‘Then
    we’ll watch George try to tackle his presents as he tries to unwrap
    them,’ William said. ‘It’s a very different experience at Christmas, having a family of
    your own.’

    Spirit of Christmas

    There’s no word yet on what Father Christmas will be leaving for the children, but Prince William has one Christmas present he’d like to get.

    ‘I would love everybody at Centrepoint [homeless centre], all the
    young people, to have a happy Christmas and to be safe and secure

    ‘And to have some love in their lives. I know that sounds quite naïve and romantic, but that would be the thing I’d ask for.’

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