The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Christmas plans dashed - so how will they celebrate?

Christmas in crisis!

Kate Middleton and Prince William on their Royal Train Tour
Prince William and Duchess Catherine will no longer be able to celebrate with the Middleton family
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are going to have to re-think their Christmas plans after the Middleton's Berkshire home was plunged into Tier 4.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take part in 'clap for carers' with their three children

The Cambridges are no longer able to celebrate in Berkshire 

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Prince William and Duchess Catherine will no longer be able to spend Christmas at Mike and Carole Middleton's Berkshire home, after Boris Johnson introduced stricter covid-19 restrictions for the South of England. 

With the Queen celebrating "quietly" at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip, the plan was for William and Catherine to travel to Bucklebury - where the Middleton family live to stay for the festive period.

The Duchess' sister, Pippa Middleton, was also due to join with her husband, James Matthews, and their son Arthur. Leaving the Middleton's brimming with joy at the prospect of having all four of their grandchildren home for Christmas. 

Mike and Carole Middleton at Wimbledon

Mike and Carole were looking forward to hosting Christmas 

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But, things all changed when the tier system was reviewed on 16th December and London and Berkshire were put into Tier 2.

According to the Mail on Sunday's Emily Andrews, Catherine then offered to host at Amner Hall in Norfolk.

But, in a blow to all involved, Berkshire and London - where Mike and Carole and Pippa and James live respectively - have now been placed into Tier 4, which bans all household from mixing and staying overnight. 

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend the royal wedding

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews were expected to join

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The Cambridge's had already made a lucky escape from Kensington Palace and have been staying at Amner Hall in Norfolk - where it is thought they'll remain for the festive period.

Like so many families up and down the country, Christmas as we know it has been cancelled. 

Just earlier this month Prince William opened up about how hard it had been to make plans for the festive season with the ongoing changes amid the global pandemic. 

Opening up during the Royal Train Tour, he said, "It is so difficult, we are still trying to make plans. It's difficult to know what to do for the best."