The festive period is generally a time for families to meet up, and the British royals are no different, favouring spending the holiday together.
'He thought it would be nice for her to have a low-key Christmas'
However, royal insiders say this year William and Catherine are breaking with tradition, and will only spend part of the day with the Queen at her Sandringham home, before going back to their lavish residence Anmer Hall in Norfolk, England.
"William spoke to the Queen about doing their own thing, especially since Kate has been suffering with acute morning sickness. He thought it would be nice for her to have a low-key Christmas. The Queen agreed," a source told British magazine Grazia.
Catherine and William announced the happy news that they are expecting baby number two in September. They are already proud parents to Prince George, 16 months, and as with George, Catherine is once again suffering from severe morning sickness.
"Kate, William and George will join the royal family on Christmas morning before parting ways until Boxing Day. They will rejoin on Boxing Day for the annual shoot," the insider added.
Catherine and William married in 2011, and the pair have previously spent the festive period with her family. Last year it was reported that William enjoyed Christmas so much with the Middletons, he's introduced a more fun element to royal proceedings.
“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 and he’s been campaigning with Kate to bring that informal flavour to the royal fold,” a source previously revealed.
“He’s bought a lot of board games – the sillier the better. The idea is to play games like Pictionary and charades, which will bring people out of themselves. [His brother] Harry’s even suggested bringing a [Nintendo] Wii console! He loves to dance and sing – especially after a few mulled wines – so there are some great games and karaoke competitions you can play.”
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