The special festive privilege the Middletons could receive now Kate is Princess of Wales

There’s a festive privilege the Middletons could receive as the Prince and Princess of Wales’ Christmas plans might change going forward…

The special festive privilege the Middletons could receive revealed, seen here are Michael, Carole and Kate Middleton at different occasions
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There’s a special festive privilege the Middletons could receive one day now Kate is Princess of Wales.

After much speculation, it’s been confirmed that the King and Queen Consort will be continuing the tradition of celebrating Christmas at Sandringham House this year. It’s not yet known who'll be with them but it’s believed that many of them could come together given how important this festive season is. Not only will it be the first since the Queen’s death but it will also be King Charles’ first time hosting Christmas as monarch. The royals also haven’t had a Norfolk Christmas since 2019, meaning a full reunion might be even more heartfelt. 

But whether most of the late Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are there or not, it’s thought likely that the Prince and Princess of Wales will be there. And this could mean there’s a special festive privilege the Middletons could potentially receive going forwards… 

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service

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If Prince William and Princess Kate do spend Christmas at Sandringham with Prince George, Charlotte and Louis it’s also possible that this could be the start of a new tradition. When he was Prince of Wales and first in the royal line of succession King Charles attended the celebrations at Norfolk every year for decades. 

Prince William and Princess Kate could possibly start to attend far more often, if not every year, now they are Prince and Princess of Wales rather than trying to alternate spending the festive season with her family as they were understood to do before.

However if they do consistently spend Christmas Day with the royals going forwards, this could mean that there’s a festive privilege the Middletons could receive. The Princess’ parents Michael and Carole Middleton could potentially someday be invited to attend the Christmas Day church service with the royals.

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton attend the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church

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In the past they've never attended the Christmas Day service at the Church of St Mary Magdalene. But the Middletons were invited to go to this same church with the Queen in 2017 in January and Michael and Carole attended another January service with her and other royals in 2020. 

To help ensure that Kate’s family feel included and get to see their grandchildren on Christmas Day it’s always possible that another invitation could be extended to the Middletons in the future, this time for the big day itself. 

The precedent for them joining the monarch at this special church has already been set. And with Prince William and Kate’s Anmer Hall home on the Sandringham estate it needn’t necessarily mean that Michael and Carole would need to spend the entire day with the Royals as they could always head back there instead afterwards. 

Kate Middleton, Carole and Michael Middleton at the Sovereign's Parade

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It would certainly be a lovely gesture from His Majesty if he ever did invite the Middletons to attend the St Mary Magdalene's Christmas Day service one day. This would also be a great way for them to spend time with the Wales family and see them on Christmas Day if Prince William and Princess Kate don’t celebrate with them as often at home in Bucklebury in the future.

Emma Shacklock

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