Prince William and Kate Middleton may break royal Christmas tradition with three celebrations this year

Prince William and Duchess Kate prepare to give the Cambridge children three different Christmases

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Prince William and Kate Middleton may be planning to give their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis three Christmases as they break a royal tradition.

Royal expert Duncan Larcombe revealed that the Cambridge children will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas celebrations this year.

Typically the Cambridge's alternate Christmas locations, but the royal expert thinks that this year after the restrictions from the pandemic in 2020, the Cambridge children will be celebrating the festive occasion with various family members. 

“I think we’re looking at three Christmases rolled into one for William and Kate and their children,” Duncan tells OK!. “There will be Christmas on their own with their kids, the more formal celebrations at Sandringham with William’s family, and then time with Kate’s family, the Middletons."

The expert revealed that the family will kick off the festive period by leaving their London property Kensington Palace and travelling to Norfolk to stay at their country escape Amner Hall which is located near one of the Queen's many properties, Sandringham House.

“I think William and Kate will be making their own traditions by having a little family Christmas and presents under the Christmas tree at Anmer. Maybe they’ll even allow the kids to open a few presents before they head off to Sandringham," said Duncan.

The expert added, "I’m told that they’re definitely seeing their other grandparents, the Middletons, possibly for New Year, either at Anmer or they may go to Carole and Michael’s home in Berkshire." 

Duncan added that this will be a particularly special occasion given last year when the restrictions means that people in the UK had limited celebrations and time with their families.

“The Middletons will want to make Christmas as special as they can, especially after last year when coronavirus restrictions meant they didn’t get to see their grandchildren. I think they’ll go to town, especially given their access to all the latest decorations with their Party Pieces business,” said Duncan.

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Carole Middleton, Her Majesty the Queen and the Duchess of Cornwall

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The royal expert also revealed that although the children may be seeing various members of the family, they will not be spoiled with gifts.

“Between royals, it’s always token gestures or jokey presents, there’s never anything of any real value. They don’t go mad for gift giving either and tend to give each other one present," said Duncan.

“We’ve certainly never seen Range Rovers turning up at Sandringham piled high with presents in the boot. There are so many children and grandchildren, it wouldn’t be practical anyway," he added.

Although William and Kate will be careful with the gifts they purchase for the children, many members of the public will try to send the royals gifts to the young members of the family. This is a challenge for the royal parents who are reluctant to spoil their children.

Duncan said, “But you’ve got to remember that with their profile, the children will be sent hundreds of presents from members of the public, as they are every year."

He added, “In fact, William and Kate have to shield the children from being absolutely inundated with gifts from just about everyone. Let’s not forget that George is a future king and plenty of people want to give him and his siblings presents at Christmas."


Prince Louis, Princess Charlotte and Prince George

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Duncan concluded that for this Christmas, the family will be focused on creating memories with their extended family and will not be focused on the present-buying aspect of the holiday.

“I think the blueprint William and Kate will follow will be to try to have a low-key family Christmas when they can spend time with loved ones. It certainly won’t be about lavish presents.”

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