Charles III has turned the royal family’s Christmas plans upside down. However, he sticks to the tradition of celebrating the festival at Sandringham.
Are traditions sacred? To Charles III. this only applies to a limited extent. Britain’s new king has made some major changes to the royal family’s Christmas plans. But some things will remain the same: in a few short weeks they will gather at Sandringham in Norfolk for their annual Christmas party, a traditional event where fans can greet their royals as they walk to Christmas mass at St Mary Magdalene Church.
While the royals
Always spending Christmas in Sandringham, with the exception of two Corona exceptions in the last two years, will of course be a little different this year. Not only because the festival will be held for the first time without Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September, and with King Charles as host, but also because it will make some important changes.
BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond told OK! Magazine that Christmas with King Charles will be “less formal” and “less buttoned-up” than in previous years. In concrete terms, this means that Charles deviates from royal protocol.
For example, in recent years, royals have been expected to follow strict guidelines, including bows and bows, during the holidays. But apparently Charles wants to create a more relaxed atmosphere in 2022. He is also said to have decided that not everyone has to watch his speech.
Traditionally, the family sat down at 3:00 pm on December 25 to watch the televised talk. Instead, Charles will pre-record the annual Christmas address to the nation. His family is said to be spending the day commemorating the Queen. “I’m sure he will tape the speech a few days earlier to reflect on the loss of her,” said Bond.
So while some traditions change, the royals will stick with their annual walk around the Sandringham estate and then head home for Christmas lunch. US migrant Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are said to have been invited to the family reunion but are unlikely to return to Harry’s homeland for the holidays. Like last year, it is becoming clear: the couple will spend the feast of love together with Meghan’s mother and their two children Archie and Lilibet in California.