Prince William and Kate Middleton’s children will have three Christmases this year as the family opt for a mix of royal traditions and more intimate family celebrations.
However, according to Royal Expert Duncan Larcombe, the couple will be making sure Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte will not be spoilt.
He said the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will ‘want their children to feel normal’ and ‘won’t be lavishing them with expensive gifts’.
Mr Larcombe told OK! The family will celebrate Christmas by themselves, while they will also attend a more formal event at Sandringham with William’s family and will spend time with Kate’s family too.
He said: “I think we’re looking at three Christmases rolled into one for William and Kate and their children.
“There will be Christmas on their own with their kids, the more formal celebrations at Sandringham with William’s family and then time with Kate’s family, the Middletons.
“But something we know for sure about William and Kate is that they want their children to feel normal and so they certainly won’t be lavishing them with expensive gifts, that’s for certain. They won’t let them be spoiled.”
The family are expected to celebrate the holiday in their country home, Anmer Hall in Norfolk, as soon as they have some time to themselves.
Queen Elizabeth will most likely be hosting the traditional gathering at her Norfolk abode. Then, on Christmas Eve, William and Kate will take the children to the ‘big house’ to see ‘Gan Gan’ for the annual gift swapping – a German festive tradition observed by the royals.
“The Sandringham Christmas is quite formal and traditional, and the royals don’t tend to go in for lavish presents,” says Duncan.
“Between royals it’s always token gestures or jokey presents, there’s never anything of any real value. They don’t go mad for gift giving either and tend to give each other one present.
“We’ve certainly never seen Range Rovers turning up at Sandringham piled high with presents in the boot. There are so many children and grandchildren, it wouldn’t be practical anyway.
“But I think William and Kate will be making their own traditions by having a little family Christmas and presents under the Christmas tree at Anmer. Maybe they’ll even allow the kids to open a few presents before they head off to Sandringham.
“I’m told that they’re definitely seeing their other grandparents, the Middletons, possibly for New Year, either at Anmer or they may go to Carole and Michael’s home in Berkshire.
“The Middletons will want to make Christmas as special as they can, especially after last year when coronavirus restrictions meant they didn’t get to see their grandchildren. I think they’ll go to town, especially given their access to all the latest decorations with their Party Pieces business.”
The Duke and Duchess are said to want to create a ‘normal’ Christmas for their children, and that means not getting a whole host of extravagant presents.
“The children have plenty of hobbies and interests and William and Kate won’t be short of ideas for presents,” says Duncan.
“But you’ve got to remember that with their profile, the children will be sent hundreds of presents from members of the public, as they are every year.
“In fact, William and Kate have to shield the children from being absolutely inundated with gifts from just about everyone. Let’s not forget that George is a future king and plenty of people want to give him and his siblings presents at Christmas.
“There are protocols for what happens to these gifts and the children will be shielded from them.”
Instead, says Duncan, the Cambridges will try to keep things modest at Christmas.
“I think the blueprint William and Kate will follow will be to try to have a low-key family Christmas when they can spend time with loved ones. It certainly won’t be about lavish presents.”