Prince William ‘campaigned’ to change royal Christmas after being ‘inspired’ by Middletons

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The Cambridges reportedly spent Christmas at Anmer Hall, which is the couple’s country home in Norfolk. On Christmas day William and Kate are understood to have attended morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church alongside their three children – Prince George, eight, Princess Charlotte, six, and Prince Louis, three. The Duchess of Cambridge’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton have also previously joined the royals at the church service.

William and Kate, alongside their three children, were due to join the rest of the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas, but their plans fell through amid a sharp spike in coronavirus cases across the UK.

Members of the Firm had celebrated Christmas at Sandringham every year since the Eighties before coronavirus scuppered the tradition.

Most years, William and Kate take part in celebrations at the Queen’s Norfolk estate, however, the Duke of Cambrindge has also spent Christmas with his in-laws in the past.

One year William and Kate even reportedly “campaigned” to make royal festivities less formal, after being inspired by the Middletons’ Christmas.

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In 2014, Independent.ie quoted a source who claimed: “Christmas in previous years has been formal and duty-filled.

“Timetables and instructions were even handed out to guests!

“But Wills’ Christmas with the Middletons last year made him realise how much more enjoyable the festive period could be.

“He’s been campaigning with Kate to bring that informal flavour to the royal fold.”

Christmas at Sandringham is an affair filled with formalities and royal traditions.

The Royal Family are known to have a black-tie dinner on Christmas Eve, while they also exchange gifts on the 24th to honour their German heritage.

Grant Harrold, who was a former butler to Prince Charles, told Insider that the Firm even had a set time schedule when it came to giving and receiving presents.

Mr Harrold said in 2019: “The Queen arrives a few days before everyone else, like any good hostess, to ensure everything is ready.

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“Then most of the royals arrive on Christmas Eve. 

“They will have afternoon tea, which is traditionally held between 4pm and 6pm, where they will exchange gifts.”

However, it has been widely reported that the family have a tradition of exchanging humorous joke gifts, with Kate having allegedly once purchased Prince Harry a ‘Grow Your Own Girlfriend’ kit, before the Duke of Sussex met Meghan Markle. 

On Christmas morning the Royal Family usually visit St Mary Magdalene church, near the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.

Afterwards, the family have a Christmas meal, cooked by the Queen’s personal chef. 

Darren McGrady, who’s the monarch’s former chef admitted the meal was always “very traditional”.

Speaking to Hello! Magazine in 2015 he said: “It was the same meal every year. They’re actually very boring when it comes to festivities!

“They didn’t do hams or anything, just traditional turkeys.

“We did three turkeys for the Queen and her family in the royal dining room, one for the children’s nursery and then more for the 100 or so staff, so everyone had a Christmas lunch.”

This year the Queen celebrated her first Christmas since the death of her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.

She was joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. 

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