The Royal Family’s traditional festive gathering was impacted by coronavirus for the second year in a row. Due to the spread of the Omicron Covid variant, Her Majesty, 95, was forced to break from her usual royal tradition by yet again celebrating the festivities at Windsor Castle rather than Sandringham.
While the Queen celebrated at Windsor with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridge family celebrated the festivities at Anmer Hall, their home in Norfolk.
Last year, amid disruptions caused by the pandemic, the Cambridges celebrated the festivities as a family of five as lockdown restrictions banned all households from mixing.
While this year, they were reportedly joined by some members of the Middleton family.
US Weekly reports that William and Kate had an early start on December 25, as eight-year-old Prince George, six-year-old Princess Charlotte, and three-year-old Prince Louis woke up at 5am to check whether Santa Claus had visited their home.
The outlet reports: “While Kate and William avoid overly spoiling the children, they let the rule slide at Christmas.”
George reportedly received a camping kit for Christmas which included a tent, walkie-talkies and a flashlight.
While his brother Louis was given a climbing frame.
Their sister Charlotte was treated to a children’s video camera.
US Weekly also adds that the children were excited to unwrap several games and books.
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According to US Weekly, her decoration skills also came in handy elsewhere, as they report that the mother of three even “used her creative skills to decorate the table with candles, evergreen branches and cones as centrepieces.”
Also reportedly present at the intimate festive gathering were traditional Christmas crackers, with the jokes being a particular hit among the three young children.
While the family couldn’t join together with other relatives as normal, the Cambridges reportedly took part in a video call with Her Majesty, as well as Prince Charles and a “few other royal relatives”.
They did stick with one royal tradition though, as Kate and Prince William were spotted taking their kids to church on Christmas morning.
The group piled into the family car after the church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate on Saturday.
The Cambridges children could be spotted nestled in the back seat, with Charlotte sitting between her brothers as they peered out the window on their way home to Anmer Hall.
On Boxing Day, the family time continued as William and George watched their favourite team Aston Villa lose to Chelsea, but according to the source “they didn’t let it ruin the festivities!”