Tuesday 16 January 2018

Kate Middleton and Prince William 'continue break with royal tradition as they prepare to host Christmas at home'

Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham on December 25, 2013 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham on December 25, 2013 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
Prince William and Kate join other members of the Royal Family arrive as they attend the Christmas Day service at at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the annual Royal Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (C), reads the Scouts promise during a Cub Scout Pack meeting with cubs from the Kings Lynn District, in Kings Lynn, eastern England, on December 14, 2016, to celebrate 100 years of Cubs.
A cub scout uses a neckerchief to show Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, how to support a broken arm, during a Cub Scout Pack meeting with cubs from the Kings Lynn District, in Kings Lynn, eastern England, on December 14, 2016, to celebrate 100 years of Cubs.
Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, reacts as she talks with cubs during a Cub Scout Pack meeting with cubs from the Kings Lynn District, in Kings Lynn, eastern England, on December 14, 2016, to celebrate 100 years of Cubs.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in a parachute game during an official visit to a Cub Scout Pack meeting to celebrate 100 years of Cubs on December 14, 2016 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reacts as she talks with cubs during an official visit to a Cub Scout Pack meeting to celebrate 100 years of Cubs on December 14, 2016 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge reads the Scouts promise during an official visit to a Cub Scout Pack meeting to celebrate 100 years of Cubs on December 14, 2016 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall -WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the Christmas Day service at Sandringham on December 25, 2013 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Prince George arrive for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Kate Middleton and Prince William are reportedly sticking to their new Christmas tradition of celebrating at home instead of spending it with the rest of the British royal family.

Since 2014,, the royal couple have bucked tradition and opted to spend the holidays at their palatial home Amner Hall in Norfolk, where they've been joined by Kate's parents and the rest of the Middletons.

And this year is no different as they are said to be keen to make the occasion more family-oriented and less focused on formality.

"Since they had children, Kate and Prince William have been slowly making a couple of changes each year. Kate’s goal is to make Christmas more of a close family occasion, and less of a formal one," a source told Closer magazine.

25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.
25. Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George and Princess Charlotte in their 2015 Christmas card.

George and Charlotte will open their gifts at home on Christmas Day, then attend church with the royal family, before returning home to reunite with the Middletons as the rest of the royals will be spending time at Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham estate.

"This way, Will and Kate can really enjoy the look of joy on their children’s faces," the insider added.

Their Christmas Eve celebrations will stick with tradition though as they will exchange gifts with other royals and will rejoin them on the 26th for the annual shoot.

Since their wedding in 2011, Prince William has spent the festive season with his wife's family and was said to be so taken with their low-key celebrations, he's been incorporating their traditions to his side of the family.

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave from Victoria Harbour to board a sea-plane on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada

And this year, Princess Charlotte will join her big brother Prince George to meet Santa at Thursford Christmas fair.

The couple are said to love playing board games, karaoke and will follow in Princess Diana's traditions of going for long walks.

"Diana liked to take long walks in the woods with William and [Prince Harry] on the holiday. Kate will do the same with George and Charlotte," the source added.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.

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