Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall break tradition with their Christmas plans

They're not the first to change their Christmas plans

Prince Charles and wife Camilla
Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla will remain in Gloucestershire for Christmas
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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will celebrate Christmas Day at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire - a break in Christmas tradition. 

Queen Elizabeth II and her son Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales sit in the House of Lords chamber during the State Opening of Parliament

Prince Charles will spend Christmas separately from the Queen

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According to Hello! Prince Charles, 72, and Duchess Camilla, 73, will be spending Christmas Day at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire - the family home Prince Charles has lived in since 1980. 

They had hoped to spend some time with their extended family, even if at a social distance in line with the government guidelines. 

It comes after Buckingham Palace confirmed the Queen and Prince Philip will "quietly" spend Christmas at Windsor Castle for the first time in 32 years.

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The Queen and Prince Philip will spend Christmas at Windsor Castle 

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A spokesperson said, "Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor."

Traditionally, the Queen and family have celebrated Christmas at Sandringham since 1988 - when Windsor Castle, where the royals used to celebrate, was being rewired. 

This year is looking different for everybody. 

Prince Charles

Prince Charles contracted coronavirus back in March 

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The covid-19 pandemic has affected every one up and down the country, including Prince Charles - who contracted the deadly virus in April and considers himself "lucky" to have got away "lightly".

Paying tribute to those who have lost loved ones at the hands of the virus, he said, "I was lucky in my case... but I've had it, and I can so understand what other people have gone through.

"I feel particularly for those who have lost their loved ones and have been unable to be with them at the time. That, to me, is the most ghastly thing," the prince said.

"But in order to prevent this happening to so many more people, I'm so determined to find a way out of this."

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