Kate Middleton 'contacted Meghan after Lilibet birth' says expert
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Most couples alternate Christmas Day between their families each year, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have only spent the festivities with the Middletons twice.
Prince William and Kate always spend the festive period with the Queen and the Royal Family at Sandringham.
After being part of the Royal Family for a decade, the Duchess of Cambridge knows that sacrifice comes with duty.
The Duke and Duchess spent Christmas with the Middletons in 2012 when Kate was pregnant with their first child, Prince George.
Carol and Michael Middleton, along with Kate’s siblings Pippa and James, attended church in Bucklebury with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in 2016.
Kate’s duty is to be by the Queen’s side during the festive period. However, her parents Carole and Michael, have always been invited to Sandringham.
Since 2016, the Duchess of Cambridge has spent Christmas with her in-laws and going forward, she is expected to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the Royal Family exclusively.
Although many may think it is related to the number of official events they have scheduled during the festivities, from charity Christmas parties to dinners at Sandringham, there is another reason behind it.
The real reason the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can’t split the holidays or alternate between their families has to do with the Queen.
“With the Queen advancing ages, skipping years isn’t an option anymore.
“Moving forward, Kate and William will continue to do Sandringham every Christmas Eve and Day as opposed to alternating like they used to.”
But the Cambridges will still see the Duchess’s side of the family “later in the festive season,” an insider told US Weekly.
Kate and William will then join the Queen for the Christmas celebrations at Sandringham with their three children this year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall will also be joining them, as well as Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, along with their children and partners.
Kate’s mother Carole opened up about her plans for Christmas back in 2016 explaining: “I try not to be too set when it comes to the schedule.
“Generally, we go to church in the morning, then a walk, open a few presents (with more in the evening).
“Then champagne and smoked salmon for lunch, and the main Christmas meal in the evening – but with young grandchildren, maybe we’ll move that forward and have it at lunchtime,” she told The Telegraph.
The Queen is reportedly looking forward to hosting Christmas at Sandringham this year.
“Her Majesty is resting under doctors’ orders with the intention of being able to fully enjoy the company of her extended family over the holiday period.
“After being forced to cancel a host of engagements, the family get-together will be the perfect tonic.
“This year, more than ever, it is incredibly important to Her Majesty to be surrounded by her loved ones. The Queen is totally committed to hosting everyone as she hopes to make it back to full health in the coming weeks,” a source told The Mirror.
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