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Cambridges will Spend Christmas in Bucklebury

Friday, December 16, 2016

Christmas is just around the corner and royal fans are getting excited for the annual walk to St. Mary Magdalene on Christmas day. It is a generally guaranteed royal outing, but there are whispers that we might be disappointed this year. The Telegraph, a very reputable source, is claiming that the Cambridges have decided to spend this Christmas in Bucklebury with the Middletons.


Kate first joined the royals at Christmas in 2011, the year she married William. The couple spent the next Christmas in Bucklebury as Kate recovered from an absolutely crippling bout of hyperemesis gravidarum while pregnant with George. At the time,
we wondered if this was an aberration due to her frail condition or if the couple would spend Christmas with the Middletons every other year as a habit.


In 2014, however, the Cambridges stuck to Sandringham, although Kate's family joined them at their newly renovated Anmer Hall home. It was an exciting Christmas as James Middleton took part in the annual Christmas Eve football game and the Middletons attended the Christmas morning service, too.


At the time it seemed that the Cambrdges were establishing a pattern of staying at Sandringham, but now, as we cycle around to another year that would be a Middleton year, perhaps they do intend to make sure they are with the Middletons at least for every other Christmas?


A second explanation could be that this will be Pippa's last Christmas as a Middleton before she marries James Matthews, although I don't think there needs to be extenuating circumstances for the Cambridges to travel to Bucklebury for this particularly family-oriented holiday. We shall see. I am disappointed for myself, but I do love a Middleton event. I just hope we get a paparazzi photo at the church and I will be happy.


84 comments:

  1. I wouldn't be surprised if this Christmas their plans are being influenced by Pippas upcoming wedding. Christmas at Anmer seemed like such a good compromise for W&K to participate in royal tradition while also spending the holiday with the Middletons (and avoiding too much travel with young children!). I wonder if perhaps there are plans to bring together the Middleton and Matthews families at the Middleton home and W&K trying to help keep the focus on Pippa and allowing her to have as normal a life milestone she can by keeping the spotlight off the Cambridges this year.

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    1. That's a really interesting point! It would be more appropriate for James to join the family at the Middleton home, rather than traveling to Anmer.

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    2. I agree. I think it's probs pay an effort to create an opportunity for Mr. Matthews to be included and get to spend time with everyone. I'm sure he hasn't always been in on family time due to the Cambridges unique situation and now that he will be official in May there's lost time to make up. Not to mention the wedding details that always pop up and require discussion, more easily done in person. It's a good year to prioritize Pippa and the Middleton family. I'm sure we'll see a photo, as it seems that the church actually set up a media space that previous year but that photographers didn't use it after the palace said it should be seen as a "private" event. I say that based on tweets, from what seem to be reliable sources.

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    3. Agree a good thought, plus Christmas at Sandringham seems to go on for around 3 weeks so always plenty of time to spend with Williams family even if not exactly on Christmas Eve and Day. For all families as more of the kids marry it gets complicated to share Christmas. ali

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    4. 11:12, I totally agree. And it does make sense for Mike and Carole to host this Christmas gathering ahead of Pippa's wedding. It's also quite possible that her future in-laws will join the family. Lots to talk about and plan.

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  2. Probably Christmas will be a good time to talk wedding plans.
    Maybe they will take the children to Church as it will be less formal than at Sandringham.

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    1. I think so too, Jean. Fingers crossed... :)

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  3. Jennifer from the SouthDecember 16, 2016 at 12:34 PM

    Hugely disappointing -- isn't that the whole point of them having Anmer, so that they can have a family Christmas but also participate in the proper Royal Christmas, too?

    This just reeks of shirking responsibility and obligation yet again.

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    1. Who said Anmer was given for Christmas? Not so. William and Kate have just an important an obligation to keep her side of the family as well as his. And Pippa and James deserve some importance too. The young generation - Zara, Mike, Peter and Autumn have missed Christmases at Sandringham as well. I'm sure the Queen understands.

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    2. Anmer is their country house gifted to them by the Queen. I doubt that Christmas and where they spend it was the whole point of the gift. And why is it their duty and responsibility to spend Christmas with the Royal Family instead of the Middletons? Are the Royals more important somehow?

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    3. Christmas is NOT a royal family public function. It is not equatable to missing say, Trooping the Colour. It is only a lucky coincidence that the public gets to see them outside of the church. Their only obligation at Christmas is to their children, who have two sets of grandparents.

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    4. Agreed, Jennifer. Kate has spent every Christmas with the Middletons save for her first married Christmas. Then they came to Anmer Hall so Christmas could be split. (And even then they didn't attend all the RF Christmas functions.)

      I completely understand including Kate's family. But I think that was accomplished by having them come to Anmer Hall and the church services.

      The truth is that Will & Kate do have responsibilities to the country even on Christmas. People in England look forward to seeing them go to church every year. The Queen's address (which will be Will's) is watched by many on Christmas day. These are just the expectations.

      Is attending church on Christmas day really that much to ask? I don't think so. Yes, it is Christmas day. Guess what? Too bad. There are just expectations and responsibilities when you will be the future king and queen.

      I think that W&K can do many things differently from past generations, as they have. But where is the line drawn? Are there some things that are sacrosanct? There doesn't seem to be with W&K.

      Bottom line, the country expects to see W&K on Christmas.

      I truly believe that W&K will continue to keep some Christmas' "private" even after becoming king and queen. The monarchy is never going to be the same again.

      I think some changes are good, but the public and their needs shouldn't be seen as a drag or a burden. It's a privilege.

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    5. The public will likely see them at church on Christmas Day as they are reportedly going to church in Berkshire. Reporters have said they will cover that.The Sandringham walk is a tradition not an official function. They have spent every year at Sandringham except 2012 and this year. It's really mountains out of molehills and in all likelihood they will be back at Sandringham on Boxing day and will see the queen.

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    6. Aside from the practical reasons that have been pointed out, it also shows that William is staying true to his engagement interview comments about how important the Middleton's are to him and Kate. I also suspect that if they spent every Christmas with the RF, some folks would accuse him of being a control freak and Kate would be accused of being a doormat. Enjoying and respecting both sides of the family is a wonderful way for W&K's children to grow up, especially given their unique circumstances.

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    7. Jennifer from the SouthDecember 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

      @ Anon 7:46 / AMD - yes everything you said is what I wanted to say but didn't. Thank you for expressing so eloquently the viewpoint. 👍🏻

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    8. Hugely disappointing yes, irresponsible behavior no. I'm sure we will still get a snap or two of them going to church in Buckleberry. I think the same church that Pippa intends on getting married in, not 100% sure on that. While it may seem as though they are full time royals I don't believe they are. Simply put they can't make everyone happy.

      While Kate is the oldest child she isn't the only child. As William has stated many times, he enjoys the simplicity of the Middleton home. If they didn't spend some time in Buckleberry he would be seen as going back on his word. I'm sure that Mike and Carole intend to host this Christmas for Pippa, James, and his family. They should be able to do things like this for Pippa without all things royal coming first. Pippa and their brother James have been unfairly imposed upon due to the fact that Kate married William. They didn't ask for all of this as Kate did when she agreed to marry William.

      I just think it's only fair that Pippa be put first this Christmas. Christmas Day isn't a royal duty. It is a holiday that has already lost it's true meaning but regardless should be spent with family. No matter what W&K do or don't do there are always complaints and I believe that's why, if true, they won't release a Christmas card this year. William has shown time and time again, much like his mother did that he will do things HIS way. They are human after all. If you really feel that strongly about it I recommend sending them a Christmas Card and or letter and let them know hey it's very disappointing that xyz.. You will get a response. Usually a picture as well. I always send them cards just so I get the response. I do however understand them going to the Middleton's to support Pippa this year and will support them again if they do so for James.

      Maybe she is pregnant with #3 who knows?!? They have stepped up quite a bit this year and are due for the annual Middleton trip in January I do hope they go this year. I was also thinking that Kate and Pippa may try to be pregnant at the same time? But on the other hand I do think Kate does TRY not to overshadow Pippa too much, even though Pippa did become her royal hotness due to the simple yet gorgeous dress she wore at W&K wedding. Just calm down and let Pippa have her time to shine. At any rate I'm happy for Pippa.

      Totally off topic but has Kate ever re wore the earrings her wedding day acorn drop earrings?? If she has it hasn't been often or talked about to my knowledge..

      If anyone would like to write a letter or send a Christmas card etc to anyone in the royal family it's as simple as Googling who you'd like to send something to.. They all have different addresses ie The Queen and Prince Phillip, W&K&H all share the same office, I believe, C&C is separate from everyone so on..

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    9. Hugely disappointing yes, irresponsible behavior no. I'm sure we will still get a snap or two of them going to church in Buckleberry. I think the same church that Pippa intends on getting married in, not 100% sure on that. While it may seem as though they are full time royals I don't believe they are. Simply put they can't make everyone happy.

      While Kate is the oldest child she isn't the only child. As William has stated many times, he enjoys the simplicity of the Middleton home. If they didn't spend some time in Buckleberry he would be seen as going back on his word. I'm sure that Mike and Carole intend to host this Christmas for Pippa, James, and his family. They should be able to do things like this for Pippa without all things royal coming first. Pippa and their brother James have been unfairly imposed upon due to the fact that Kate married William. They didn't ask for all of this as Kate did when she agreed to marry William.

      I just think it's only fair that Pippa be put first this Christmas. Christmas Day isn't a royal duty. It is a holiday that has already lost it's true meaning but regardless should be spent with family. No matter what W&K do or don't do there are always complaints and I believe that's why, if true, they won't release a Christmas card this year. William has shown time and time again, much like his mother did that he will do things HIS way. They are human after all. If you really feel that strongly about it I recommend sending them a Christmas Card and or letter and let them know hey it's very disappointing that xyz.. You will get a response. Usually a picture as well. I always send them cards just so I get the response. I do however understand them going to the Middleton's to support Pippa this year and will support them again if they do so for James.

      Maybe she is pregnant with #3 who knows?!? They have stepped up quite a bit this year and are due for the annual Middleton trip in January I do hope they go this year. I was also thinking that Kate and Pippa may try to be pregnant at the same time? But on the other hand I do think Kate does TRY not to overshadow Pippa too much, even though Pippa did become her royal hotness due to the simple yet gorgeous dress she wore at W&K wedding. Just calm down and let Pippa have her time to shine. At any rate I'm happy for Pippa.

      Totally off topic but has Kate ever re wore the earrings her wedding day acorn drop earrings?? If she has it hasn't been often or talked about to my knowledge..

      If anyone would like to write a letter or send a Christmas card etc to anyone in the royal family it's as simple as Googling who you'd like to send something to.. They all have different addresses ie The Queen and Prince Phillip, W&K&H all share the same office, I believe, C&C is separate from everyone so on..

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    10. Valerie G, in regards to Kate's wedding earrings, I think she wore them at the Order of the Garter this year if my memory serves me correctly.

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    11. Oh my so much here:):) I really think readers of these blogs are reading way too too much into everything. These are just people:):) They are not politicians, so if they are not doing what those who pay money to them think they should do, then those folks can just decide to not pay the money:):):). There is nothing special about these folks:) The traditions are fun, but frankly you could just pop anyone in to do the traditions. I love the traditions, but the individuals "no".

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  4. I feel sorry for the Queen. She doesn't get any younger. And while it is Pippa's last Christmas(so what?), still they could split their time. Pity they felt no intent to do so.

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  5. I think it is perfectly understandable that the Cambridges choose to spend certain years with the Middletons, especially now that Pippa (and later James) are starting their own lives and families. They've always said they'd alternate Christmases and what better year than Pippa's last one being single. I'm sure it will be special.

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  6. Anon 12:37 Why do you assume they will not spend some of their time over the Holidays with Williams family? Or maybe a week at another time, frankly with the number of guests at Sandringham not sure how much time anyone would really have with the Queen and Phillip. The true family intimate time must occur before or after most of the other guests have departed.

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  7. It has always been known that they would not attend Sandringham every year. How is it shirking responsibility? Do they only have a responsibility to the queen? There are two sides to every family and it is refreshing that in laws into the royal family are considered these days and not ignored as in previous times. They have been at Sandringham four out of the six years.

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  8. Is there a Christmas card photo coming? Everyday I hope!

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    1. I read on Twitter from Emily Andrews that they're not releasing one this year. I'm hugely disappointed, and doubly so now with the news that the Cambridges won't be gracing us with their presence on Christmas morning...BUT, I do understand the appeal of a quieter holiday with the Middletons.

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    2. I am a huge royal fan. . but honestly have to say, I don't get that. This is such a poor PR poor. Why appear "stingy" at Christmas? People want to see your family. Millions of people exchange Christmas cards with pictures of themselves in the spirit of goodwill. . .how much do the faces of the (future) monarchy need to be seen to remain alive. This is the first time I have thought of W & K in this light. . .stingy is all I can say.

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    3. I wouldn't call William and Kate stingy at all, especially if you count the whole year, not just Christmas. An overseas tour with their kids, unprecedented for the BRF! That gave us way more than any Christmas photo could give. The air show with George. Trooping. A good selection of photos for their birthdays. I think they simply did not do a pictorial this year. There will still be Christmas thank you cards but probably just one selected from the Canada tour like what Charles and Camilla often do.

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    4. I agree with anon 10.05. It is just so stingy. Why act like that at Christmas?

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    5. 5:43 You think Kate, a photography lover with two little kids, didn't take Christmas pics this year??? Of course she did! They are simply not sharing them with the public. Yep, stingy.:(

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  9. I admire the fact that Catherine and William remember that she too has a family who would like to see her and her children over the Christmas period.
    I suspect they might go to Sandringham on Boxing Day.

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    1. Good point, Jean. Americans tend to forget about Boxing Day which is also a holiday there.

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  10. Emily Andrews reported on her Twitter account that it has been confirmed there will not be a Christmas photo released of the Cambridges. They only released one in 2014 and 2015, and they received much criticism for the one in 2015. While I would like to see a new family photo, I am not surprised they are choosing not to release one.

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    1. Criticism comes with the territory. I think most people support Will and Kate. If they retreat every time something is said, that seems really silly and juvenile. I understand Harry's concerns about comments re: Meghan. But comments about the 2015 Xmas pic?? That's really petty. Man-up, Will.

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  11. They received criticism from the ski photos they released not the xmas photo! I loved the xmas photo last year!

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    1. I must have imagined the accusations that were aimed at the Cambridges about that
      photo taken in the yard of the four-that Charlotte wasn't actually in the photo; that she was "cut and pasted "in. Those who admitted Charlotte was really there critcised how Kate was holding her. There were jibes about the photographer, the technique, the means of distribution.
      Did I imagine all that?
      The really curious part is that at least one of those doubting the criticism of the photo taken in October 2015 and later shared are the same who most strongly criticised the photo at
      the time , at least on another blog. Selective memory?

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    2. You are so right Anon1. There were multiple complaints about the Christmas photo last year. Plus I would add those critizing now are the exact ones who always find fault with EVERYTHING the Cambridge's do. Yes I am disappointed that a new photo will not be released, but we have probably already seen any photo taken of the Cambridge's they could release. C&C Christmas card is a photo of them on one of their recent tours so nothing new. They gave us so many opportunities over the year so not sure how they can be "stingy".

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  12. If the story in the Telegraph is true, it is quite unfortunate that the Cambridges will miss Christmas Day with the Queen and Prince Philip. The Christmas Day appearance during the walk to church is important for the public, and the day itself it likely quite important to Her Majesty. She is 90 years old, has suffered personal losses recently, and William is the heir to her heir to the throne. She probably needs family support and the public expects to see the Cambridges with the rest of the Royal Family on Christmas Day. William is simply not in the same category as Zara and Peter Phillips. They can and have missed Christmas Day and the walk to church with the Royals. William's decision to miss out on Christmas Day with the Queen could be another misstep for him and for Kate. Amner Hall is very close to Sandringham and William and Kate could easily manage to share the holidays with both families as they have in previous years. They are not like other ordinary couples rotating family visits over the holidays. They live a life of enormous privilege and responsibility; with that comes obligations to family and to the public.

    Besides, the Queen and the Duke are 90 and 95 years old. They cannot go on forever and one day, William may regret missing an important holiday with his grandparents. If my grandparents were still around, I would be with them on Christmas Day in a heartbeat. More importantly, the future King should be seen with the Royal Family on such an important day. William's commitment to his current and future roles does seem questionable when one of these stories appears in the media. It's puzzling.

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    1. Not at all. It is s sign of a couple sensitive to the needs and importance of both families. And if this is truly for Pippa, a sign of a loving sister and brother-in-law.

      Besides, we might still see them going to church on Christmas Day. Just a different church and a different crowd. Imagine the joy they will bring those people too!

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    2. I agree with you in that it shows their dedication to the Middletons...doesn't mean I'm not a *little* sad that we probably won't get HQ pics from Christmas morning! I can only imagine the pure happiness of George & Charlotte as they scamper around Carole and Mike's Christmas tree! A Norman Rockwell scene.....

      I do wonder if they'll bring the children, or at least George, to church. It'll be (hopefully) a quieter scene than their usual fare. Okay...so I'm selfishly hoping for new pictures of G&C. Can you blame me?! This lack of a holiday photo really threw me for a loop!

      I think it is highly likely the family will head to Sandringham immediately following the Christmas holiday to spend time with his side of the family.

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  13. Kate is pregnant and they are trying to keep it private a little longer hence the Middleton Christmas.

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    1. I doubt it. Her HG is too severe for her to be running around with Cub Scouts. But, for everyone who keeps insisting she is pregnant, you may eventually be right. Then you'll say "See? I told you!" It's just like people who say every single year "We're going to win the championship this year" for their favorite sports team. It could take years of saying it but when it happens they all think they are geniuses for predicting it. It's such a personal thing that it's kind of rude to stare at her stomach in every picture and declare that she's got a pouch or a bump.

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    2. I agree @Robin, it is rude to stare at a women's stomach and speculate on whether or not she is pregnant. I have never done so and haven't this time. (With Kate's slim figure it would be a waste of time anyway because she doesn't show anything bump wise until at least the fourth month of her pregnancies long past a confirmation;) so her stomach is not the reason I'm calling it that a third Cambridge is on the way. No, Kate is one of those women whose face alone is what changes immediately. Her cheeks and jaw line are fuller and she has non-makeup related flush all over her face. As for her HG, it doesn't appear to affect her for the first few weeks of pregnancy as evident by the (admittedly) few engagements she has done before George and Charlotte were announced respectively. If you look back at the pictures of Kate here in 2012 on engagements literally a couple of days before George's impending arrival was announced and her hg hit she is sporting the same cute full cheeks and flush. http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2012/12/kates-november-30th-visit-to-st-andrews.html?m=1
      And here, http://fromberkshiretobuckingham.blogspot.com/2012/11/kate-wears-maxmara-on-her-first-visit.html?m=1 I remember calling my mom after the two above visits and telling her "Kate is pregnant!". We were so excited! Sure enough, it was confirmed a day later. I called it right before Charlotte was announced too. With some women you can just tell from their aura. That, combined with a few other signs makes me pretty certain. 1. Kate has said she wants three kids by the time she's 35. 2. They squeezed in two tours this year which would free them up for a breather in 2017 and 3. They have always said they wanted their children close in age. I'll be happy to admit it if I'm wrong but I'm two for two now so my track record is pretty strong;) I'd bet on an announcement just after the first of the year if not before!

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    3. Since you post as anonymous, we would really have no way of knowing who called a pregnancy or who erroneously predicted it previously.
      One thing for sure: pregnancy is one of those situations where a wait and see attitude is always best and reveals the truth 100% of the time.
      A few days before these scout photos she was photographed in a car on her way to the DR. Any pudgy
      cheeks then?
      Could be lighting and angles. Her broad smile sometimes emphacises her cheeks.
      She was serious and reflective in the car but smiling widely with a sparkle in her eye later in the photo of The Six. The cheek difference is obvious.

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    4. I agree 100% about the cheeks and fullness of face (fullness....for Kate!). I remarked about that with a friend after viewing the scouting photos. I didn't see the photos of her going to the doctor...hmmm...

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    5. I totally read DR as doctor and not diplomatic reception....Oy! Just coming to me now, ages later, ha!

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    6. I also read DR as dr and not diplomatic reception. LOL!! I thought it was a bit much if the paps were following her to the dr appts.

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  14. Hmm. Pippa's last single Christmas, Sandringham isn't really family friendly...makes sense. I do think she's preggers though. Might tie into why they didn't release a Christmas card too.

    Anyone else think she is?

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    1. I keep my fingers crossed all the time for an announcement that baby #3 is on the way! LOL

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    2. I don't think she's pregnant but wouldn't it be wonderful if she were?!

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    3. I was thinking that if she was going to have baby number 3 she would need to be pregnant soon. That way she would feel better by the time Pippa gets married. This would also provide a way to excuse herself from the wedding party.

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    4. Haha! The QM lived to see 102.Do we really have to hear 12 more years of guilting
      W&C into forgoing the Middleton family Christmas because of the chance that William's
      remarkably robust grandparents won't be around next year? True, there will come a Christmas when the Queen won't be around. I can just hear the I-told-you-so s.

      All this tut-tutting and pre-shaming for something Neither KP nor the Cambridge/Middletons have even publically confirmed. It is all behind the scenes whispers at this point or outright fabrication for the sake of selling a few papers.
      A few of the royal writers have been know to throw out stories that turned into tiddle-taddle.
      For once, just wait and see. Then complain all you want about an unwanted result.

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    5. This 11:32 comment was meant as a reply to anon 5:58. Google glich? Again?

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  15. I think it's lovely that William, and I'm sure HMTQ, don't expect Kate to forget that she has a family who would like to see the kids on Christmas and not have to pretend that, now that she's a member of the BRF, she doesn't have any family obligations to the Middletons. I think it's also wonderful that Pippa will have her whole family together for her last Christmas as a singleton. From here on out she, too, will have to split her Christmases with another family.

    As for some of the comments here, all I can do is roll my eyes. So many things to say that I'm having to bite my tongue.

    Egg bombs, Diane!

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    1. Ha Robin! Obviously I read but rarely comment these days. But ....my eyes are rolling and I am biting my tongue!

      Egg bombs indeed 🙄😉😎

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    2. Indeed! Egg bombs.

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    3. Be careful! You might strain your eyes:-)

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    4. Why wouldn't Pippa's fiancé be at her family Christmas? Is that an American thing that girlfriend/boyfriends attend holiday events? An engagement ring now means that they can attend family functions?

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  16. Well said, RobinfromCA. Exactly my thoughts. If the tradition of only spending Christmas at Sandringham once you're part of the Royal Family is truly binding, then i say it is something that needs to change. Maybe if the Firm were more open to Diana and Fergie's own family needs, they wouldn't have felt so isolated. I am sure royals spending Christmas elsewhere - and this has happened to others too, not just W&K - has Her Majesty's blessing. And to those who are saying the Cambridges aren't spending time with their ageing relatives, that is simply not true. They stay with them at least twice a year, Balmoral in the summer and Sandringham in the fall. Most likely they will also spend time with the royals sometime this holiday season. Maybe Christmas Day is extra special for the Middleton family this year. I say good for them. They are a fantastic family and it's little wonder why the Queen herself is fond of them.

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  17. I understand wanting to spend Christmas with both families. However, if my grandparents were still around and in their 90s, I would make the effort to spend it with them. His time with them is limited.

    Having the Middletons at Anmer Hall was a good compromise. It isn't like they have jobs where they have to report to work on the holidays or right after. His job really is a PR (public relations) position. I don't feel William is as respectful to the monarchy as he should be being an heir to the throne. It has provided an incredibly privileged life for him, his wife and children.

    I do find the comments about Pippa's upcoming wedding influencing Christmas. People forget that a wedding is one day of the year. You don't get to control the year surrounding it.

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  18. I am absolutely delighted that the Cambridges will apparently spend Christmas, 2016, in Bucklebury with the Middletons. And about time! given that the Cambridges have only managed this twice out of six holly-jolly married seasons, altho to be sure, they did invite the Middletons to spend Xmas, 2014 at Anmer Hall--not quite the same tho, as they were still required to participate in Royal events.

    I wholeheartedly support the notion that W, K, and their kids be permitted to adopt the normal practice of alternating between William and Kate's families, and of following two family traditions,alternately.

    Further, I would bet that the kids would love being able to sit Christmas Lunch with Mummy and Daddy and the grandparents, instead of being disallowed at the Queens table and shunted off to eat elsewhere with cousins they barely know, not to mention going without Mummy and Daddy for most of Christmas Day, thanks to the Queens rigid timetable which fails to recognize the parental-child bond on such an important family occasion. At the Middleton home, I am confident that George and Charlotte will be fully included, will be able to rip into their presents on the 25th, and will receive plenty of playtime with their gifts and their parents--no protocol here, just good manners, as befits their age--which may well include some tussles over playing with each others brand new toys--just no food fights, I hope--but, with any luck, these two kids are far more *sensible* than some of their idiotic relatives were in their 20s.

    Personally, it is my belief--perhaps erroneous--that Mr. and Mrs. Middleton offer George and Charlotte something very special--the normal unconditional love that grandparents the world over give their grandchildren. If such be the case, the more exposure George and Charlotte have to them, the better.

    Just loving it--hope its true and not simply another story put out by the press.

    JC


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    1. I agree with many of your points JC. But given the way the Winsor genes SEEM to manifest themselves behaviorally early in life (for example, "Wills", to a lesser extent Harry, the York girls, and in this generation George, Mia, and apparently feisty little Charlotte from small glimpses we've had of her) I can understand how HM's desire for some adults-only events evolved! Seems to me much of it is just the royal equivalent of "children's tables" that many "normal" families/grandparents have. While Christmas Day is likely different at the Middletons or at Amner Hall, I do wonder how often Will and Kate actually sit down to eat dinner with their young children day in and day out. Given the ages of the children, dinner would have to be pretty early. I'm not saying they aren't "hands on" parents, but somehow I can't see Will adjusting to having his regular  dinner at 5-6 every night!  I also wonder if PG & PC  will ever get to know their cousins from Will's side. Although things seem to have changed for Will (not quite so much for Harry who also seems to see some of the Spencers), Will did seem close to his cousins when he was young and I expect that helped him in many ways. 

      Finally, I don't know that the Middletons were "required" to participate in royal events at Christmas 2014.

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    2. So happy to say- I agree with 100% of your comment @11:59, JC.
      The way that my comments have been going, this reply will probably be buried amongst the pregnancy rumors or No Card Photo! comments-or etherized.
      That Grinch running around ruining our princess Christmas fantasies has been doing a number on my comments. Part of the problem is a tablet battery that appears to have an editorial voice. Ha! I yield to the the whims of fate.

      Perhaps I should follow Diane's
      possibly wise decision (for her) to limit her always interesting, sometimes intensely frank comments. We miss you, Diane.

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    3. JC as an Anglican and a Brit let me say a few things. For Christians, Christmas is the holiest day of the year after Easter, as it celebrates the birth of Christ. The Queen is the head of the Church, and the entire royal family, particularly senior royals (especially the heirs) are expected to follow her lead. That may seem odd to Americans, but imagine she is Pope and President in one. Just as the Pope wouldn't emphasise the secular side of Christmas, neither would the Queen, she maybe considers "Fidei Defensor" her most important and sacred role.
      Ripping open presents on Christmas morning is a delight, but in our family we had to stop to get ready for church, and we always looked to see the royals doing the same.
      You and other Americans may think all this terribly antiquated but until we Brits decide to change it, the royals need to perform their public roles suitably. This is all part and parcel of the job. William is free to step aside if it's not his cup of tea, and Kate was free to marry another man if she wanted a "normal" family life.

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    4. Understandable, but you do not mention that William is going to Church albeit not at Sandringham. Does it really matter where he worships. Charles will soon take HM place and there is a question around his defending the faith. Charles does not worship every Sunday whereas HM does. It is also sad that a nation has to take a HOS lead when it comes to matters of worship. Surely that has to come from an inner place in each individual.

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    5. Thanks anon 1
      Miss the interaction as well. I posted another comment but it has apparently been deemed not worthy LOL

      I still read. I just stay silent.

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    6. Well, Diane, I certainly enjoy your comments on the blog, but I do wonder sometimes when readers pop in to tell others that they don't like commenting anymore and prefer to chat on other blogs. It's almost like coming to a cocktail party just to tell the hostess you'd rather be at someone else's party. I don't know... I work pretty hard and spend a lot of money to keep this blog up and running and I enjoy interacting with the many women who come from all over the world, but when someone says they don't fancy the blog so much and have a better time elsewhere, it frankly leaves me a little perplexed. When it comes from a longtime reader such as yourself, it even hurts my feelings a little. At some point I don't know that I have to publish comments whose purpose is to inform the rest of the party that my cocktails aren't quite up to snuff or that the hospitality at the other party is superior. Do you see what I mean? So, although you said nothing offensive, and you said it nicely, this morning I just didn't feel like I needed to let it go live on top of everything else that is going on. Hope you understand.

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  19. The Sandringham Christmas is not the ancient custom some would have us believe.
    The family gathered at Windsor for many years and included all three of the Kents and their children, as well as the Gloucesters.
    When they changed to Sandringham these people were excluded and the extended family lunch replaced it.
    Obviously that was HMs decision and not a long held tradition.
    We don't really know that the children are excluded from the Christmas meal. It seems odd that the little ones go to the pre-Christmas lunch if they don't eat with the rest of the family. They would be happier at home with their nannies.

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  20. Why they have to act so weard. No Christmas greetings to the fans. No Christmas card. I can't imagine it is so complicated to take a nice family photo on that occasion. Seriously, how hard can it be!

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  21. I did not bash this blog.
    I have never said an unkind thing about this blog or Jane.
    I said to anon 1 that I did not want t be the problem her with my frank comments. That I do that on another blog. That I read here but do not comment. Not sure how that translated to a smear of this blog. That was not my intent and hope that those that have known me here will believe that I did no such thing. Smh

    Merry Christmas all ~

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    1. No problem for me, Diane. I was concerned about the trouble for you. :+)
      Glad to hear you replied to me, though.

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  22. Got my perspective readjusted watching scenes from Aleppo. If anyone here has family in the
    area, my heart goes out to you.

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    1. My husband was born there. All of his family and friends who were still there managed to leave before the worst of the devastation hit. Even so, everyone we know has experienced great loss of one kind or another. The loss of human life and of a way of life is mind boggling. It was a beautiful
      and unique city but it has been completely destroyed.

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    2. Faith, the UN Secretary-General called it the picture of Hell.Although your family
      is no longer there, it was the city of your husband's birth and he must have many memories
      and perhaps friends and neighbors who remain.
      The crying children are hard to see but the ones who haunt me are those with
      staring eyes and shell-shocked faces.
      We have had a taste of that in the USA, but this has been the daily reality for
      families in that area.
      We must never be allowed to forget what is going on, but I sometimes feel it is
      an invasion of privacy to show faces-but they do tell the story most eloquently.

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    3. Anon 1 and Faith, the carnage is awful. So sorry Faith that you and your husband directly know the city and the people. ali

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    4. Yes anon 1, the suffering is unimaginable and for those who survive, I don't know how they will ever cope with all they have seen and experienced.

      Thank you ali.

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  23. I am happy to see them splitting their holiday time between the families. When I married years ago, my in-laws just didn't understand my desire to spend holidays with my own family. We tried to share holidays evenly between the two families, but his family remained insulted if we weren't there with them at every one, and they shunned me afterward every time... Needless to say that marriage did not work out, as his family's meddling caused friction between us on a regular basis. Princess Diana appeared to be going through the same thing--at the same time, and I identified with her in so many ways. Thus began my interest in the Royal family--namely her sons.

    William has grown into a strong man. I suspect after all of the "photoshop" comments about their sweet Christmas photo last year, he decided not to put out another, as it would likely generate more of the same. Why bother if they're not appreciated? But in doing so, they're letting the Snarky ones ruin it for those of us who do.

    I also felt the reason they left the hospital immediately after Charlotte's birth, was because of the tragedy that occurred after George's birth, when those Radio DJ's called the hospital as The Queen, deceived a Nurse, then broadcast the conversation world-wide, resulting in the Nurse's suicide.

    They definitely do make decisions based on media the public's responses.

    Belle

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  24. JC, for some reason I cannot respond directly below your comment, but I wanted to chime in and say AMEN! I completely agree with your comment and reasoning about W&K spending Christmas with the Middleton family.

    And to Anon @ 9:00, I think the monarchy will survive W&K attending church with Kate's family on Christmas Day. After all, it seems to have survived the next Defender of the Faith divorcing and marrying the third person in his marriage.

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  25. royalfan, glad you finally managed to chime in; was beginning to wonder if you'd given me up as a lost cause--I can be a pain in the neck, after all.

    It would seem that some Brits don't *get it*; they seem to think that William and Kate owe it to be at the monarchs beck and call, at Christmas--yet, that is not the way forward, IMO. George and Charlotte need to be equipped with the knowledge that they are loved--builds self-confidence, and prepares them for any eventuality. (They get more love from the Middletons, as far as I can discern, than they will ever get from their opposites, Charles--he who wasn't sure what love meant--and Camilla, possibly the master manipulator of her time.)

    Initially, I was suspicious of Carole and her motives, but she has proven, of late, to be a terrific granny, always there for the Cambridges, when they need her, always willing to take care of the kids when Mummy and Daddy are on tour, which gives W&K assurance that their kids are getting the care they need, gives nanny a refreshing holiday, and which lets Mike and Carole forge a strong bond with George and Charlotte--everyone wins! Cannot imagine Charles and Camilla doing the same, even given the time.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

    JC

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    1. JC, I was happy to chime in; I couldn't agree more with your thoughts on this issue.

      And a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year to YOU.

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  26. I see this all as private, not stingy.

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