The Royal Family had a very different Christmas this year amid ongoing caution surrounding the Omicron variant. The Queen cancelled her pre-Christmas lunch, and was unable to spend the day with the whole family. Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, joined the Queen at Windsor Castle yesterday alongside Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, stayed at Amner Hall in Norfolk.
Prince William and Kate usually spend Christmas in the company of the Queen.
The Royal Family’s Christmas is filled with tradition and customs, but these rules were bent slightly when Princess Beatrice ensured her then fiancee Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi joined the family for Christmas in 2019.
The property developer was spotted with Beatrice outside St Mary Magdalene Church.
Traditionally, unmarried partners of Royal Family members are not invited to Sandringham for Christmas, only spouses.
However, the Queen allowed Edo to join the family for the holidays last year, suggesting that she has become more relaxed about this rule in recent years.
Kate, the Duchess of Cambrudge, was unable to attend Sandringham at Christmas until she was married to Prince William.
At the time, a friend of Kate said: “Kate has said she won’t be going to Sandringham until she is part of the family.
“She has made it quite clear that she will only be at a royal Christmas if she and William get married, and that’s not yet on the cards.
“We all know it’s going to happen but it’s not going to happen this Christmas.
“Kate and William find all the speculation hilarious and they have a wall chart with a tally of how many times the papers predict they will marry.
“Kate would love to be with William on Christmas Day, and it was a huge honour for her to be invited, but she is very close with her family and wants to share Christmas with them.”
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Beatrice and Eugenie’s decision didn’t come without some scrutiny however.
The Daily Mail reported at the time that the sisters had made a “tactical error”, and that the decision could be evidence of “divided loyalty”.
While the sisters were away, one source claimed that Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was finding her feet in The Firm, and had even become a crucial member of the family.
The source said: “She has become the linchpin of the Windsors. Kate also goes to her for advice.”