Will and Kate Are Taking George and Charlotte to Super Granny Middleton's for Christmas!
The royal siblings will spend the big day at Princess Kate's family home in Bucklebury, PEOPLE confirms.
To grandmother’s house we go!
The royal siblings will spend the big day at Princess Kate’s family home in Bucklebury, PEOPLE confirms. It will be first time they’ve spent Christmas Day at Carole and Michael Middleton‘s manor home.
Kate and Prince William stayed with the Middletons over Christmas in 2012 when Kate was pregnant with George, but they’ve celebrated every other holiday season at Queen Elizabeth’s Sandringham estate with the rest of the royal family.
The manor house — in the village where Kate spent most of her childhood — is a perfect haven for the kids, who love playing in the garden with Carole’s magnificent menagerie of ducks and chickens.
The decision to spend Christmas with Kate’s family – first reported in The Daily Telegraph — means that the royal mom will likely be able to spend time with her engaged sister Pippa, who will wed financier James Matthews at St. Mark’s Church in nearby Engelfield on May 20.
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Taking the children to granny’s house also means that the royal couple can give nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo and their housekeeper at Anmer Hall some time off over the festive season.
It’s also unlikely that Meghan Markle will be spending the holidays with Prince Harry at the Queen’s estate as she’s expected to fly back across the Atlantic at the end of the weekend following the duo’s festive week. But the prince will be surrounded by cousins, like Zara Tindall and her husband Mike Tindall, who are expecting their second child next year.
William and Kate (who live on the Sandringham estate) could be around for some of the royal festivities in the Norfolk countryside, like the annual Christmas Eve soccer match the prince likes to play alongside his brother and estate workers or the pheasant shoot on Boxing Day, December 26.
In the coming week, the royal children will join their parents and extended royal family members for the traditional pre-holiday lunch hosted by the Queen.
William, Kate and Harry are also teaming up for their last public engagement of 2016 on Monday when they take part in an event for their joint mental health initiative, Heads Together.