Throughout the busy few weeks building up to the festive period, royal commentators from around the world have been predicting what Christmas and New Year have in store for the British Royal Family.

And royal expert Jeremy Archer believes there is a good chance that the Prince and Princess of Wales will settle for an extravagant family Christmas with the King and Queen Consort at Sandringham before heading down to Berkshire to celebrate the New Year with Kate's parents Carole and Michael Middleton.

"It is going to be different, but Christmas at Sandringham works well for the family," Jeremy exclusively told OK! this week. "Unlike Windsor and Buckingham Palace, it’s a sporting venue and fits in well with their traditional Boxing Day shoot.

"The Prince of Wales has his house, Anmer Hall, quite close by, so it wouldn’t inconvenience him and Kate."

But former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond thinks the Cambridge's may only drop in to say 'hello' on the big day.

"The younger generation might want to do their own thing for at least part of the time. So they may just have Christmas lunch [at Sandringham]."

Jennie believes the King and Queen Consort would "probably be happy up at Birkhall", their home on the Balmoral estate in Scotland.


For decades the royals have attended Christmas Day service at Sandringham’s St Mary Magdalene Church. The 11am service is a private affair, but the royals arriving at the church is “a public performance”, Jennie said.

"I think the King’s Christmas plans might be up in the air a bit," added Jennie. "The younger royals will probably want to spend time with their own families, so I think the two or three day celebrations of the past may, indeed, be a thing of the past.

"While I imagine there will be a gathering at Sandringham, whether it will be quite as extended as it used to be with the Queen, and with quite as many people, I’m not sure," she said.

"While I imagine there will be a gathering at Sandringham, whether it will be quite as extended as it used to be with the Queen, and with quite as many people, I’m not sure.

"Without the linchpin of the Queen holding together an often fractured family, they may suddenly decide to do their own thing."

As the first major celebration without the late Queen Elizabeth II, the family’s festivities will no doubt be tinged with sadness.

"It’ll be the first time since all the turmoil following her death that the royals will stop for a moment and, as a family, reflect and raise a glass to her," Jennie explained.

"She leaves a massive hole in their lives and that empty seat, once occupied by the Queen, will now presumably be occupied by King Charles."

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