One of the hardest parts of the festive period always is deciding what gifts to get for people. This can be especially tricky when it is your first time spending Christmas with your significant other’s family. This only gets harder when you are supposed to give gifts to royals, I mean what do you get someone that can basically have anything they want?
This is the conundrum that Kate Middleton was faced with when she spent her first Christmas at Sandringham and was deciding on what to buy the Queen for Christmas. We all want to impress our in-laws, don’t we?
Kate, always being the crafty one, left behind shopping online or looking through endless stores, and instead, she went with a gift idea that was a bit more personal and managed to go down well with the monarch.
The reveal of what the gift was came in a documentary marking the Queen’s 90th birthday.
While talking in the documentary, Kate explained: “I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried about what to give the Queen as her Christmas present.
“I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’
“I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents.
“And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,’ which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe for chutney.
“I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table.
“I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after, everybody.”
For years the tradition was that the Queen would spend Christmas at Sandringham with her extended family, doing all kinds of festive activities, however this year the plan was changed at the last minute.
For the second year in a row, the Queen had to break this tradition of the usual Christmas gathering due to the ongoing global pandemic, and instead, she spent Christmas at Windsor Castle with Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.
The Queen initially hoped that the Sandringham Christmas gathering would happen, but with the appearance of the Omicron variant and its unpredictability, all plans were scrapped.
This was also a sombre Christmas for her Majesty, as this was the first Christmas in over 60 years that she will spend without her husband Prince Philip, as he, unfortunately, passed away earlier this year in April.
The Cambridge family spent their Christmas at their home in Norfolk, Anmer Hall, with other members of the Middleton family joining them for the Christmas celebrations.