King Charles looks set to change up Christmas traditions in the royal household, according to one royal expert. Speaking to Sunrise in Australia, royal correspondent Angela Mollard said the Royal Family will see much more “stripped back” celebrations, compared to the late Queen’s reign. Ms Mollard said Charles could make the Christmas meals more plant-based, while the traditional Christmas broadcast may no longer take place behind a stately official desk.
Ms Mollard said: “Camilla would drive from Sandringham after the Queen’s speech to London to spend time with her own children.
“It will be interesting to see whether her children now spend Christmas at Sandringham, alongside William and Kate, or will William and Kate spend time with the Middletons?
“Will we see Prince Andrew or Princess Anne? They always came because they had that obligation to their mother – but will they still feel that obligation for Charles?”
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She added: “I’m curious to see whether Prince Andrew will join Charles for Christmas.
“Charles has completely stripped him of any royal engagements, and he has no royal seniority anymore.”
When asked if the royals would embrace a “stripped back” family Christmas, Ms Mollard responded: “Charles prefers everything to be smaller, and slimmed-down.
“Charles has looked after the Sandringham gardens since 2017, so the meal itself could change, it could be more plant-based.
The Sunrise royal expert suggested that the King’s first Christmas speech could be different, with the location not behind a desk with carefully curated photos but instead in a garden.
Buckingham Palace officially confirmed earlier this week that King Charles and his wife Camilla, Queen Consort, will spend the festivities at Sandringham.
This marks a return to the traditional royal family Christmas on the Norfolk estate.
The monarch and the Queen Consort are understood to be expecting to be joined by their wider family as they mark their poignant first Christmas since the death of the late Queen and Charles’s accession to the throne.
It follows a two-year break, when, due to the pandemic, the late Queen spent Christmas at Windsor Castle two years in a row.