In the week before Christmas, the royals are busier than ever. Royal engagements typically amp up during the festive season, and this year is no exception. From a royal lunch with the entire family at Buckingham Palace to George’s excitement for Christmas, read below to see what the Royal family have already been up to this week…
Queen Cancels Christmas Travel Plans
Buckingham Palace have announced in a last minute statement that the Queen and Prince Philip have cancelled their travel plans due to both suffering from “heavy colds”. The pair were due to take the 10.44am train today from London to Norfolk to begin Christmas celebrations at Sandringham, as they have done for the past few years. The Queen and her husband usually always travel in the first-class section of the train, paying a return ticket fare. The unexpected cancellation was originally thought to be due to security concerns, although Buckingham Palace later confirmed that this was not the case.
Royal Clan Attend Queen’s Christmas Lunch
Hoardes of the Royal family yesterday gathered at Buckingham Palace for
the Queen’s annual Christmas Lunch. Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate
and George were in attendence at the family event, arriving in William’s
Range Rover together.
The foursome were closely followed by other members of the Royal
family, including The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, and Zara Tindall
with her retired rugby player husband Mike. Famous royal sisters
Beatrice and Eugenie were also in attendence at the annual event.
Prince George Can’t Wait For Christmas
Prince George can hardly contain his excitement for Christmas – what’s a
kid to do? And it seems as though the little royal has already got fed
up of waiting for Santa to arrive, with his dad, the Duke of Cambridge,
admitting that he’s already caught him ripping open presents waiting
under the Christmas tree.
Kate and William have revealed that
this year, the adorable young boy is most definitely aware of what’s
going on – in previous years having only shown an interest in the
wrapping paper and boxes instead of the presents.
Queen Cutting Down On Her Royal Duties
The Queen is dramatically cutting down on her royal duties as her 90th year draws to a close. She will be reducing her workload by the time 2016 ends, as Buckingham Palace announces that she plans to step down as patron from at least 25 organisations.
Buckingham Palace also announced that these patronages will instead be passed on to other royal family members, with Kate already taking on the Queen’s previous role as Patron of the All England Lawn Tennis
and Croquet Club – the venue for Wimbledon, earlier this year.
Queen Elizabeth is the patron of around 600 organisations, and the palace has assured that she will retain patronage of many of these as her reign continues. However, some of the patronages expected to be passed on to various family members will be those with charities such as the Battersea Cats and Dogs Home and the NSPCC, and children’s charity Barnado’s.