December 12 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Little Prince George could be spending Christmas with both sets of grandparents.
Speculation about which members of the Royal Family will be spending Christmas in Norfolk has started early this year.
Reports are claiming the Queen has invited Michael and Carole Middleton – the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents – to Sandringham for the festive break, although there has been no official confirmation.
The Monarch and other family members traditionally spend Christmas at her private retreat, near King’s Lynn. The Queen normally arrives in mid December, to supervise preparations at the house.
December 25 is normally the only day of the year on which senior members of the Royal Family are seen together in the same place. Thousands of well-wishers wait to greet them outside the tiny church of St Mary Magdalen, close to Sandringham House. Bumper crowds are expected to attend this year in the hope of catching a glimpse of Prince George, now three months old, on what may be the first time he is seen in Norfolk. Work is under way at Anmer Hall, the country home on the Norfolk estate which the Queen has given to Prince William and the Duchess. But work on stepping up security, re-routing the drive and extending the 10-bedroom Georgian mansion is unlikely to be completed before Christmas. That means the Cambridges and baby George would stay at nearby Sandringham House. Last year, the Royal couple spent Christmas at Mr and Mrs Middleton’s home in Berkshire. Also expected to join the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at this year’s gathering are Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence, the Duke of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise and Viscount Severn, Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall, and Prince Harry.