Prince William, Duchess Kate and the kids will spend another Christmas with the Middletons.
According to Britain's Daily Mail, the royal family will skip the Queen’s traditional Christmas festivities for a quiet day at the Middleton’s mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
“The duke and duchess of Cambridge and their children will have a private Christmas Day with the Middleton family,” a Royal aide told the Daily Mail.
Sources close to the family say that this Christmas will also celebrate Pippa Middleton’s last holiday as a single woman. Duchess Kate’s youngest sibling will wed her multimillionaire fiancé James Matthews in May and hope to start a family soon after.
Duchess Kate reportedly has a close relationship with her family and has been known to bring her children to stay with their grandparents to get a taste of life outside of the palace. There is rumored tension between Kate and her father-in-law, Prince Charles, who reportedly claims he does not see enough of his grandchildren.
Clarence House maintains that the two have an “excellent” relationship.
The queen has reportedly given her blessing and is allowing Prince William and Duchess Kate to spend the holidays without her.
“Her majesty understands that it is a dilemma that many young couples face and acknowledges how close Catherine’s relationship is with her family,” a palace source said. “Indeed that is why she has long included Mr. and Mrs. Middleton in family events. She thinks they have conducted themselves impeccably and with enormous dignity over the years.”
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