This Christmas, Queen Camilla will reportedly be inviting her children, Laura Lopes and Tom Parker Bowes, to the Royal Family Sandringham Estate. It will be the first time the royals have had their traditional holiday at the Norfolk home for three years due to the Covid pandemic.
Queen Camilla’s grandchildren have also been invited to attend the royal festivities, according to reports.
A source told the Sun: “Camilla is keen that her family are at the heart of Christmas, particularly as Charles won’t have his youngest son there.”
However, despite some people missing seats at the Christmas table this year, over 70 guests will be invited to spend the holidays with the royals, including Prince William and Kate Middleton plus their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
King Charles’ siblings will also be there as well as his nieces and nephews. Also in attendance will be Queen Elizabeth’s cousins.
Since the Royal Family’s last Christmas gathering in 2019, the Firm has lost both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
This December 25 is only ten days since the Sussexes’ Netflix documentary was released, in which both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle explained their reasoning for stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family.
In part two of the series, Prince Harry accused Prince William of “shouting and screaming” at him when the family met to discuss the Sussexes leaving for the US.
He also said his father, King Charles said things during the meeting that were untrue.
As reported by The Mirror newspaper, Buckingham Palace sources said that despite “a great deal of sadness” in the Royal Family at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure, senior royals were “looking forward to 2023.”
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This Christmas will also be the first time in over 70 years that a new monarch will be delivering a festive message.
Queen Elizabeth’s annual broadcast has been a Christmas tradition, as it was often the only time the late monarch gave a personal address and spoke of events that had happened throughout the year.
King Charles will now become the first male monarch to deliver the Christmas speech on television, marking how long Queen Elizabeth’s reign was as she is now the second longest-reigning monarch in world history.
It’s been reported by The Telegraph newspaper that King Charles recorded his Christmas speech last week on Tuesday.
The theme of King Charles’ first Christmas speech has been unconfirmed, although it is likely to mention Queen Elizabeth, who died only a few months ago in September.
The Telegraph has also reported that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are “likely” to be mentioned in the speech, however, the speech was recorded before the second part of their Netflix documentary was released.
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However, despite the losses for the Royal Family these last few years, some good news has been reported from Sandringham.
Prince Louis, the youngest child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, may be joining the Royal Family’s traditional walk to church on Christmas for the first time.
The royals meet and shake hands with the public on this walk, as well as have their photographs taken by the media.
Prince Louis charmed and aused the British public earlier this year with his cheeky behavior during Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee, in which he was seen putting his hand over Kate Middleton’s mouth as well as sticking his tongue out at her.
Both Prince William and Kate Middleton were also amused by their youngest son, and later commented: “We all had an incredible time, especially Louis.”
However, it’s been reported that the decision if Prince Louis will take part in the royal Christmas tradition is being considered but will not be made until the day itself.