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So far, the general ambition of King Charles’ reign can be summed up in four words: don’t rock the boat.
It’s a strategy likely to extend to the royal Christmas at Sandringham this year, as sources and insiders say the monarch will seek to emphasize continuity with the past as much in private, with his family, as he has done in public. with his subjects.
A friend of the new King and Queen says: “The family is still grieving for the Queen. The first Christmas without her will be a difficult time for all of them. There won’t be any paradoxical changes.”
The friend told The Daily Beast: “They’ve been exchanging gifts on the evening before Christmas since Prince Albert’s time. That will continue. It’s very practical because Christmas Day itself is actually a very busy day at Sandringham.”
There’s also little doubt that the focus will continue to be on fun and gag gifts rather than expensive items.
Charles was once famous for a leather toilet seat by his sister Anne and the Netflix series the crown Windsor’s love of silly gifts was captured when the late Queen Elizabeth was shown to be overjoyed to receive a new singing fish from Prince Andrew, clearly much preferring it to Charles’s more serious gift of one of his own watercolors in the Scottish Highlands.
However, Christmas Day 2022 is likely to be the largest gathering of the Royal Family at Sandringham for many years.
All of the house guests, except for Prince Andrew, are expected to attend church at 11 a.m., and sources say Camilla’s children, Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopez, will make their first appearances with their five children. Tom and Laura are friendly with, but not so close to, Prince William and Kate Middleton, who will be at church with their three children. For Prince Louis, 4, it will be the first time he’s been in a procession on Christmas Day. Hopefully here are some funny faces.
It is interesting that Princess Anne’s daughter Zara and her husband, Mike Tyndall, who were sitting in the front row at the Queen’s funeral, are expected to be there, in a clear indication that they are members of the inner circle, and that Mike is eliminating British reality. show I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! He did nothing to harm relationships (in fact he may have done the family a favour; he was a popular presence and stripped to a very tight swimsuit). Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, Andrew’s daughters, will likely be in attendance at the church, along with their partners and children (and possibly a mother). Anne, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and their families are all eligible.
Needless to say, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are not expected to fly.
The other big public facing event of the day will be the King’s televised address to the nation at 3pm. It has already been recorded, and Queen Elizabeth’s legacy is likely to be a major theme. Arguably, Edward and Sophie really set the tone, with their Christmas card featuring the late Queen and a caption on the inside reading: ‘In memory of the happy days’.
It will be interesting to see if Charles is able to restrain himself from inserting environmental or social messages into the title. He suggested, in his accession speech, that he would set aside causes such as climate change, when he said: “My life will of course change as I take on my new responsibilities. It can no longer be possible for me to give so much of my time and energies to charities and causes that I care deeply about.”
There’s no doubt that this is a tricky title, and not just because it will indeed be a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth when Charles flashes to life just after 3pm on the nation’s screens. The UK is in shambles, battered by strikes, the cost of living crisis and the healthcare crisis. Whether Charles is able to channel his mother’s healing and conciliatory energy remains to be seen.
Kremlin scholars will have their eyes glued to the portraits that make up the king’s desk. In the days of the Queen, this was always a sign of who was in and who was out. Harry and Meghan were said to have made the rash decision to announce their departure from the family in 2020 when they were left out of the 2019 On The Desk gallery. Placing a picture of Harry and Meghan on a mahogany tree this year would be a major olive branch but, it must be said, unlikely. to happen.
The Queen always made sure to finish lunch by 3pm and would watch the speech alone in her study, while the rest of the family watched it together in the music room.
It is not known whether Charles would continue this tradition.
There is no question mark hanging over the traditional depiction of “Boxing Day” on December 26th. William is still an avid hunter, and for family members and neighbors, a photo call, one of the best shows in the country, is one of the highlights of the holiday season. The royals have gotten pretty smart about ensuring they aren’t photographed slaughtering pheasants and partridges, so don’t expect any photos of this bloodthirsty ritual to be leaked.
“Perhaps the younger royals would like to spend time with their families, so I think the two or three day celebrations in the past may really be a thing of the past.“
– Jenny Bond
However, there have been suggestions that Sandringham could offload faster than in previous years. Former BBC royal commentator Jenny Bond said, for example yes! Magazine: “Perhaps the younger royals want to spend time with their families, so I think the two- or three-day festivities might really be a thing of the past.”
William and Kate are known to be keen for their children to spend time with Kate’s parents, Carol and Mike. It is believed that they were not invited to Sandringham, which raises the possibility that Cambridge will be able to step up to their place in Berkshire after filming on Boxing Day.
Indeed, it is said that King Charles himself would lead the exodus, heading for Scotland shortly after Boxing Day in stark contrast to the Queen who would usually remain there until after Accession Day, February 6, the anniversary of the death of her father, George VI, in 1952.
There may be plenty of family members out there who will be secretly glad that Christmas 2022 at Sandringham is coming to such a rather quick end. As much as Charles has sought to portray himself as an affectionate, even earnest figure, this is not how he is generally seen in the family. He is a distant man, who takes life very seriously and spends most of his life at his desk in his office. Even his friends agree that he doesn’t have the alluring charm of his mother. So while a royal birthday may look very similar for many years to come, it’s likely to start feeling different very quickly.
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