The two special guests that could join Queen Camilla and King Charles for Christmas this year

There might be two special guests that could join Queen Camilla and King Charles this festive season - and they're not who you'd expect...

Two special guests that could join Queen Camilla and King Charles for Christmas. The royals are seen here as they arrive for their visit to The Prince's Foundation training site
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There could potentially be two special guests that could join Queen Camilla and King Charles for Christmas at Sandringham this year.  

In previous years plenty of the late Queen’s children, grandchildren and their families would gather at Sandringham for the festive season. For His Majesty’s first Christmas as monarch, it’s thought likely that the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children will spend Christmas with the King and Queen Consort in Norfolk. Whilst it’s thought two non-royals could enjoy Christmas at Sandringham if Queen Camilla invites her children. 

Though this year it’s also been suggested that King Charles’ Christmas plans could be “up in the air” and that the “younger generation” could potentially seek to “do their own thing”. But there could be two more special guests spending the festive period with King Charles and Queen Camilla this year - and fans have seen them before!

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Beth, her jack-russell terrier as they visit the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

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The Queen’s corgis often traveled with her to different royal residences like Balmoral and Queen Camilla is known to be just as fond of her own canine companions. She adopted dogs Bluebell and Beth from Battersea Dogs & Cats Home and they’ve often featured on her and the King’s social media accounts, including the post shared for her 75th birthday in July. 

Especially given that the royal couple will likely be spending an extended period of time of at least a few days in Norfolk, it’s possible that Queen Camilla will want to bring Bluebell and Beth with her this year. The Queen’s love for her dogs is well-known and she even recently shared an adorable insight into their cheeky behavior in a special festive show. 

As Royal Patron of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home she and Battersea Ambassador Paul O’Grady have often crossed paths. And the dog-loving pair joined forces again for ITV’s Paul O’Grady: For The Love of Dogs - A Royal Special that aired on December 19. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall stands next to television presenter Paul O'Grady while holding her two adopted dogs Bluebell and Beth

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Sharing footage from a Clarence House reception in July to mark 160 years of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as well as from a visit to the Battersea Brand Hatch Centre in February this year, the Queen’s passion for rescuing dogs came shining through. She declared to comedian Paul that there are a lot of people like “us” who “love taking in dogs who want homes”. 

Queen Camilla later shared an anecdote about Bluebell and Beth whilst she and Paul attempted to get sweet dog George to eat a worming tablet. 

Asked about how her dogs would react if it were them, the Queen said, “They’re terrible, they’re really bad” at taking tablets. 

“It’s alright if you put it in something they really like, but then they put it in their mouth, eat the delicious thing and then spit out the tablet,” she confessed good-naturedly, suggesting the process isn’t always an easy one. 

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, carries her dog Bluebell as she arrives at the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

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Their cheeky antics seemed to be shared by George and Queen Camilla’s fondness for Bluebell and Beth despite their clever trickery couldn’t have been clearer. Given it’s such a significant Christmas in 2022 - King Charles’ first as monarch and the first since Queen Elizabeth’s passing - it would certainly delight many dog-loving fans and bring some added joy if Bluebell and Beth were two special guests that could join Queen Camilla and King Charles for the festive period. 

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use , Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!