With the holiday season right around the corner, the ongoing global health crisis has made it a bit difficult for families to plan how to spend their Christmas holidays, affecting even the royal family.
The current government restrictions allow only three households to mix from Wednesday 23 December to Sunday 27 December.
At the moment Prince William and Kate are on a three-day tour of the UK. During this trip William talked and empathized with students, admitting that he and Kate have had some trouble on decided what to do for the holiday season. “It is so difficult. We are still trying to make plans,” Prince William said. “It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.”
One student they met with, the 21-year-old second-year politics and international studies student Lily Faulkner, who studies at Cardiff University, described their meeting as following: “They were trying like the rest of us to make Christmas plans with their family and still weren’t 100 per cent sure of what they were going to do or where they were going to be.”
This year will mark the first time in 30 years that the Queen and Prince Phillip will celebrate Christmas “quietly” at Windsor Castle. A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that the couple, who traditionally spend the festive period at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, are “fortunate” to spend Christmas with their family every year but understand that this year people will have “competing demands”.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have announced that they will be spending Christmas at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire this year, instead of doing what they do every year, which is spend Christmas with the Queen and the Duke. However, it is still expected for them to meet up with the monarch sometime during the festive period, be it outdoors or socially distanced.
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family not being planned for Sandringham this year, William and Kate have options when it comes to deciding where to spend the holidays. They might decide to spend it with Kate’s family in Berkshire, creating a bubble with Carole and Michael Middleton, Kate’s parents, at their family home in Bucklebury.
The two families can even add a third one into the mix as well Katie’s younger sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews and their son Arthur, of course, if they decide to even spend the festive season in Berkshire.
James Middleton, Kate and Pippa’s brother, has been spending the second lockdown in Scotland at the Glen Affric estate, with his fiancée Alizee Thevenet. The luxurious estate is owned by Pippa’s in-laws, so James and Alizee might decide to stay there and spend the holiday season in the Scottish Highlands.