Prince William and Kate Middleton wrap Royal Train tour with a visit to the queen!

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Kate Middleton, Prince William and Queen Elizabeth
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  • Prince William and Kate Middleton concluded their Royal Train tour in Windsor on Tuesday, and with the help of the queen thanked volunteers and key workers.
  • Charles and Camilla, Edward and Sophie, and the Princess Royal were also present; it may well be the only time they're all together over the Christmas period.
  • The royal family's annual Sandringham celebrations will not take place this year amid the pandemic, as the queen and Prince Philip will spend "Christmas quietly in Windsor".


Prince William and Kate Middleton embarked on their tour via the Royal Train on Sunday evening to thank those who played a big part amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They kicked off the tour in London, followed by a visit to Scotland, which did spark some backlash (read more here), before travelling to Wales and concluding in Windsor.

Their stop in Windsor saw them reunite with the queen – and just before Christmas too, as the royal family won't go ahead with their usual Sandringham celebrations amid the pandemic this year.

The palace has confirmed that the queen and Prince Philip will spend "Christmas quietly in Windsor" this year, marking the first time since 1988 that the royals haven't celebrated the holidays together at Sandringham.

At the quadrangle of Windsor Castle, William, Kate, the queen, as well as Charles and Camilla, Edward and Sophie, and the Princess Royal, listened to Christmas carols performed by the UK's Salvation Army band before thanking local volunteers and key workers who are continuing to do good work over the Christmas period.

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