CATHERINE, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William will no longer divide Christmases between their respective families as they once traditionally did, it has been claimed.
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Since their marriage in 2011, the Cambridges have made a concerted effort to divide where they spend Christmas each year. Like most married couples, they agreed to switch where they went year-on-year, dividing the time equally between both families. But it has been reported they will now only spend the special day with the Windsors. It is thought they don’t want to miss another Christmas with the Queen and Prince Philip and will spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Sandringham on the Queen’s estate.
An insider told Us Weekly: “Moving forward, Kate and William will continue to do Sandringham every Christmas Eve and Day as opposed to alternating like they used to.”
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The source added the pair will “visit the Middletons in Berkshire later in the festive season”.
They continued: “That’s the plan this year too.
“With the Queen and Philip’s advancing ages, skipping years isn’t an option anymore.”
Queen Elizabeth turned 92 this year and Prince Philip celebrated his 97th birthday.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh’s health worries earlier this year have also raised concerns.
Prince Philip underwent hip replacement surgery that forced him to skip the family’s Easter service in April.
He did, however, attend Prince Harry’s May 19 wedding to Meghan Markle.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will attend Christmas at Sandringham, alongside other members of the Royal Family.
Despite reports Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland would also attend, it’s been revealed she was not formally invited.
A source previously told Us: “She is, of course, welcome at Sandringham.
“But she wasn’t formally invited for this Christmas.”
It is extremely rare for a non-Royal to spend Christmas at the Queen’s Norfolk estate.
On December 20 the Queen arrived in Norfolk by train to begin her Christmas break, travelling without the Duke of Edinburgh.
She caught the 10.42am Great Northern service from King’s Cross station in London and arrived at platform two in King’s Lynn on time, at 12.31pm.
Shielding herself from the elements, the Queen donned a brown coat, black gloves and a headscarf.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK