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25 Dec

Christmas With the Waleses: Prince William and Kate Middleton

LONDON — Public appearances, family feuds and damage control — it’s not essentially the most wonderful time of the 12 months this Christmas for the British royal family.

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis ushered in Christmas at Sandringham, Norfolk within the East of England.

That is the Waleses’ first Christmas at Sandringham with their recent titles for the reason that death of Queen Elizabeth II, who hosted 32 Christmases at Sandringham House. The late queen canceled the 2020 and 2021 festivities because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The British royal family walking back to Sandringham House after a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

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The brand new Princess of Wales rewore a custom structured military green coat from Alexander McQueen featuring flap pockets. She debuted the coat in January 2020 when she visited the City Hall in Bradford’s Centenary Square.

She topped her outfit with a Philip Treacy wide-brimmed hat in the identical shade as her coat, decorated with an easy bow and feather.

Like mother, like daughter — Princess Charlotte rewore the identical burgundy Trotter’s coat that she wore along with her family last week.

Prince William and his sons Prince George and Louis were in unison in navy blue ensembles with the youngest prince wearing shorts with knee socks.

It has grow to be tradition for the British royal family to attend a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church where they’re then greeted by crowds outside because the group walk back to the royal residence. But ongoing feuds and controversies have turned the walkabout right into a scene out of Joan Crawford’s family Christmas of putting on a gilded front.

British royals Sarah, Duchess of York, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900-2002), Prince Andrew, Duke of York and Diana, Princess of Wales (1961-1997), Peter Phillips, Zara Phillips, Prince Charles, Anne, Princess Royal, Prince William, and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930-2002) attend the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, 25th December 1988. (Photo by Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

The British royal family outside St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk in 1988.

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Sandrinham House was the backdrop of Pablo Larraín’s film “Spencer,” starring Kristen Stewart, depicting the traditions expected of senior members of the British royal family, akin to being weighed upon arriving and leaving. 

This Christmas is a key one for the royal family to point out unity amid Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Netflix’s documentary series “Harry and Meghan.” 

“They were completely happy to misinform protect my brother… They were never willing to inform the reality to guard us,” said the Duke of Sussex within the series, calling it “institutional gaslighting.”

On Dec. 15, to distract from recent tabloid attention on the family, Prince William and Kate placed on one other uniformed front on the “Royal Carols: Together at Christmas” concert at Westminster Abbey following their annual Christmas card reveal with their children.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Prince William, Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales attend the 'Together at Christmas' Carol Service at Westminster Abbey on December 15, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Prince William, Prince of Wales, Princess Charlotte of Wales, Prince George of Wales and Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales attend the “Together at Christmas” carol service at Westminster Abbey in London.

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The Christmas concert was taped and aired on Christmas Eve on British TV channel ITV with the princess of Wales leading the tributes to the late queen.

“Her Majesty held Christmas near her heart, as a time that brought people together and reminded us of the importance of religion, friendship and family, and to point out empathy and compassion,” she said within the taping.

“So, whilst Christmas will feel very different this 12 months, we are able to still remember the memories and traditions we shared. Take time to decelerate and have fun with family and friends all of the wonderful things that make Christmas so special,” added the royal.

Despite this era of forgiveness, it’s unlikely that the Sussexes will likely be forgiven just yet. The following stop on Prince Harry’s freedom flight is his tell-all memoir “Spare,” slated for release on Jan. 10.

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