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The royal tots have been cooped up in London with their parents for the past three weeks while their great-grandparents the Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, stay at Windsor Castle. The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh chose to cocoon at their Berkshire residence more than 20 miles outside the capital at the beginning of the second nationwide shutdown.
While the Cambridges spent the first lockdown at Anmer Hall, their country mansion in Norfolk, George and Charlotte’s schooling meant the family-of-five had to be in London this time round.
For five days over the festive period, people across England will be allowed to celebrate indoors under the “Christmas bubble” arrangement.
The move announced by Boris Johnson this week will mean that from December 23 to 27 up to three households can mingle.
It is not yet clear whether the Cambridges will team up with the Queen and Philip to form part of a bubble.
Before the rules were announced, a source told People magazine earlier this week that William and Kate were “waiting to hear, just like everyone else”.
The insider added: “The children miss their great-granny, but it’s the same rules for them as everyone.”
The Queen is known to be fond of her great-grandchildren who often steal the limelight at royal events.
Last Christmas George and Charlotte joined their parents for the annual Christmas morning church service alongside the Queen at Sandringham.
And to celebrate the dawning of a new decade in January, Buckingham Palace released a special portrait of the Queen posing with Prince Charles, William and George.
Shortly before Christmas, George also joined his great-grandmother for a public baking session.
The third in line to the throne was pictured getting stuck into making Christmas puddings to mark the launch of the Royal British Legion’s “Together at Christmas” initiative.
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While the Cambridges were separated from the Queen and Philip during the lockdown in spring, they did reunite during the summer holidays.
The family-of-five made the trip up to Balmoral Castle, where the Queen spends her annual summer break.
Despite cases of coronavirus being significantly lower in August compared to the peak of the first wave, the children and their parents observed social distancing when around the Queen as a precaution.
If they were to reunite again at Christmas, the Cambridges would likely adopt a similar strategy.
The Prime Minister has told families to make a “personal judgement” about the risks involved when planning family celebrations.
Traditionally, the extended Royal Family have flocked to Sandringham to celebrate Christmas with the Queen.
Whichever household she decides to form a bubble with, if any, the monarch’s festivities will be significantly scaled back compared to the gatherings she has hosted down through the years.
If William and Kate do not form a Christmas bubble with the Queen, another option would be for them to celebrate with the Middleton family in Berkshire.
And this would mean Kate’s sister Pippa, her husband James Matthews, and their two-year-old son Arthur could also join in on the family fun.
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