The Queen invited Duchess Kate’s parents to Sandringham for Christmas, of course

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Did you hear the news about Prince George’s christening? We already knew that the christening wasn’t going to be a public event and that it would take place in the Chapel Royal in St. James’s Palace, but now we know the guest list. Or, the lack of a guest list. Apparently, Kate and William do not want Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex (Sophie, Edward’s wife) at the christening. Is that weird? If they were any other couple and this was any other baby, I guess I could see how you wouldn’t invite your aunts and uncles to your baby’s christening, but this is the royal family and this baby will be king one day. But guess who is invited? All of the Middletons, of course. Pippa, James, Carole and Michael will all be in attendance, of course.

Speaking of how William and Kate are gradually working the Middletons into an increasingly “royal” position, the Queen has invited Carole and Michael to Sandringham for Christmas. Probably because if the Queen didn’t invite them, William just would have gone to Bucklebury for Christmas just like he did last year.

The birth of Prince George has inspired the Queen to invite Carole and Michael Middleton to Sandringham so the future king can spend his first Christmas with both sets of grandparents, it emerged today.

In a break from tradition, the Duchess of Cambridge’s parents have been asked to Her Majesty’s Norfolk estate over the festive period. Prince William spent last Christmas at the Middleton’s mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire, because his wife was pregnant.

Kate’s sister Pippa may also be invited to Norfolk, where she would join all the senior royals including the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla. The family event could also coincide with the Cambridges moving into their new 10-bedroom country bolthole in the grounds of Sandringham.

William, Kate and Prince George are likely to move into Anmer Hall in a matter of months and are spending large sums to make the Norfolk mansion more private, secure and comfortable.

‘This year’s celebrations are set to be extra special after Prince George’s arrival,’ a royal source told The Sun. ‘What better way to mark such a magical year than by having the whole family present? Kate is very close to her family. Any child’s first Christmas is one no grandparent would want to miss’.

George’s playful uncle Prince Harry is also set to be there after missing it last year when he was fighting in Afghanistan. The Middletons could make it the biggest Christmas for some years at Sandringham, with the majority of The Queen’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren likely to be there. Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice as well as the pregnant Zara Phillips and her rugby star husband Mike Tindall are set to attend. At the heart of the celebrations is the Christmas Day service at the estate’s church, which the Queen almost missed because Prince Philip was unwell in 2012.

This year’s service is likely to be the first time Prince George has been seen in public since his birth in July. Kensington Palace refused to comment today.

[From The Mail]

“Prince William spent last Christmas at the Middleton’s mansion in Bucklebury, Berkshire, because his wife was pregnant because he wanted to.” Fixed! Obviously, this was the Queen’s decision, but I have to think that this came by a special request from Prince William. He wants to spend all of his time with the Middletons and he wants the world to see the Middletons as an extension of the royal family.

I have no real judgments on this, mostly because I think it’s been well-established that William is always going to choose the Middletons over the royal family and I’m assuming that he pitches a fit when he doesn’t get his way. It doesn’t seem like any other married royal gets to invite their in-laws to Christmas with the Queen either, so I’m guessing that the Queen didn’t want to see another holiday go by where the optics were all wrong, with William preferring Carole’s company above all else.

Last thing: “William, Kate and Prince George are likely to move into Anmer Hall in a matter of months and are spending large sums to make the Norfolk mansion more private, secure and comfortable.” WHO is paying these “large sums”? That’s my question.

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  1. lrm says:

    all else aside, she looks really happy and relaxed; motherhood is suiting her thus far.

  2. CG says:

    Have I not had enough caffeine this morning, or is there really a dog taking a crap behind Will in that pic of them with George and Lupo? Has the dog taking the crap always been in that pic, or am I just hallucinating? Seriously, if it’s there, I never noticed it before!

  3. Reece says:

    Every comment I have about this is not remotely civil (esp after last year when Harry was in Afghanistan!) therefore I shall leave it at this…

  4. Kay says:

    Honestly, I don’t get the hate for this one. My parents and my in laws get along and both my husband and I are close with our families so we all do holidays together. For me especially Christmas is really about family and I can’t imagine not being able to spend it with my parents.

    • Jackson says:

      I’m with you. I just don’t get why anyone would take issue with this.

    • Zombie Shortcake says:

      I think it’s because no other member of the BRF is allowed (or has ever been allowed) to invite their in-laws for Christmas, or other special occasions (e.g. the Queen’s jubilee river pageant).

      • bluhare says:

        Apparently, Sophie’s dad comes for Christmas and Charles invites his old nanny, so precedent has been set.

    • Angel says:

      I don’t see why this is news at all. Why should any of them have to choose which side of the family they want to holiday with? my husband gets along with my parents better than even *I* do, and he spends every holiday with them first and foremost before going to see his dad. yes the middletons are “commoners” but now they share a grandson with the Queen so if everyone can just “get along to go along” why wouldn’t they.

      • MollyB says:

        I don’t get the snark with “of course the Middletons are invited!”. Like, no crap. I hardly think they deserve scorn for inviting the baby’s grandparents, aunts and uncles. It’s not unreasonable for Will to leave his aunts and uncles off the list while simultaneously inviting his wife’s parents and siblings. One group (the Middletons) is immediate family, the other group (Andrew et al.) are not.

    • Kitten Mittens says:

      What hate? I think you jumped the gun on this one.

      It seems this is just another bit of info for journalists to latch onto and make it a thing to distract the masses from their lack of work. All the other royals have these more minor aspects of their lives with guest lists and, vacations, and such, but we never hear about it like we do with William and Kate because there’s other things to talk about. With these 2 it’s just grasping for anything to report on.

    • Seattlemomma says:

      Right? I don’t get it, either. Lucky William and Kate to have family they love and are close to.

    • Decloo says:

      Agree. Every couple with a newborn first baby (or just newlyweds) faces the quandary of which family to have Christmas with. When my first kid was born we had to do three Christmas celebrations in one day: Breakfast with his mother and brothers in Connecticut, lunch at his grandmothers in Connecticut, dinner with my parents in NYC. We did this for several years and it was a nightmare. After a few years we tried combining the families but their Xmas traditions didn’t meld so well. Anyway, I feel sorry for the Middletons having to go to Sandringham. I’ve been there and, while the grounds are lovely, the interior of the private family areas are really depressing and dumpy.

      • bluhare says:

        From what I understand, being invited to Sandringham for Christmas, if you’re family, isn’t an invitation and more of a decree.

  5. slopsip says:

    Wait. Is there a dog squatting to poo in the first engagement photo?

  6. Spooks says:

    I can see why he chooses the Middletons. The royals are more of a firm than a family. They don’t seem warm at all.
    And what do you mean it’s normal not to invite your aunts and uncles to your baby’s christening? Of course they should be invited, royal family or not.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I can’t even imagine NOT inviting aunts and uncles to a baptism. Of course, my family does everything together as one big clan, lol! Aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers & sisters, grandparents…

      • Spooks says:

        Mine too! From BOTH sides of the family.
        My entire family from my mothers side lives in a 500m radius from my house. My godparents too. And I’m from a very tight neighborhood. The first time my boyfriend came to visit he almost had a heart attack, because he met EVERYBODY. Apparently that never happened to him before :D

      • Malificent says:

        My mom is one of 9 kids. I have @30 first cousins (not counting their grown kids and grandkids). Not everybody gets invited to baptisms and weddings, even if they are on good terms.

      • Spooks says:

        Oh God, 30. That’s a lot. Both my mum and dad have only one sibling, but we’re close with their cousins and second cousins, so there’s still a lot of people.
        I presume you’re not equally close to all of them, because there are so many.

    • Florc says:

      Though I hate it when people play the “they’re just like us” card I’ll play it here. Aunts and Uncles do get invited to baptisms and christenings. It’s normal.
      And I bet Pippa will bring her beau.

    • lisa says:

      i wouldnt invite all of my aunts, uncles and cousins to something just because they are related. i have no problem with leaving them off the list.

  7. HH says:

    All of this makes sense, but I can’t get on board 100% because the Middletons simply rub me the wrong way.

    • bluhare says:

      Me too. I always thought not spending Christmas with your own family would be awful and felt sorry for Kate. But the Middletons’ machinations to get involved in everything rub me the wrong way.

      • giddy says:

        …THINK about those poor British taxpayers who pay for this crap…its ONE thing to support the Queen… a women whose family kept the faith through WW2… but the rest of these slackers and pretenders are beyond the pale…the whole “oh GEE, the Middletons are just like us crowd” will finally wake up and see that “yes — there’s NOTHING special about these morons, so why should we pay for THEIR privilege”… where the Middletons spend Christmas is moot… its what is SPENT on people like the Middletons… and what is SPENT keeping up the façade of royalty is past its usefulness… its interesting that certain royals (like Anne and her children) seem to “get” it…

      • Kitten Mittens says:

        Giddy
        When I was living in the UK and paying taxes it wasn’t too big of a deal for many. The Queen and Prince Charles were well thought of, but Kate and the Middleton’s were seen as simple social climbers and very much like reality tv stars that had better public relations people to keep their image up and out of the papers.
        It’s funny how Americans glorify Kate the way they do and the brits I met thought she was just a dim socialite/celebrity.
        That said, The Middletons should not be paid for via the tax payers for security, home improvements, travel, or vacation expenses. They’re near over playing their hand and if William ever finds another family more accommodating they’ll be out in the cold.

  8. dorothy says:

    I think it’s lovely that the two families are coming together. Shouldn’t all families be this way?

    • Algernon says:

      Yes, but the royal family has literally more than a hundred years of precedent about who gets to go to Sandringham. This is worthy of a side-eye simply considering all the other in-laws who were not invited.

      Personally I think if they’re going to invite the Middletons, they should just invite all of them (Zara’s in-laws, Edward’s in-laws, if he still has any, Camilla’s extended family, etc) and have a huge holiday. then it looks less like the Middletons are special and more like they’re just changing how they do things (for the better).

  9. Angelic 21 says:

    I think Queen really softened after Diana’s death. She has invited Sophie’s parents to spend Christmas with her, Sarah still live royal properties and have a house so she can spend Christmas with her daughters. Ever since the inquiry about Diana’s death came into light,I completely understand WY William chooses Middleton over rf. None of them are nice or innocent and they really mismanaged Diana. Pity they never thought how mistreating the heir’s mother will affect him. Also Charles has gotten away with a lot of crap with Camilla, he lied to a whole nation when he married her that she won’t be a Queen but now we know he wants her to be 1. Compared to Chuck William have done nothing. I am on WilliamMiddleton’s side here,I don’t like t them but I will pick them over rf any time tbh.

    • Suze says:

      But where do you stand on the pooping dog scandal of 2013?

    • m says:

      Sophies father spends Christmas at Sandringham because Sophie is his only family. It’s been custom since her mothers death.

    • Florc says:

      I’m thinking the Queen is more relaxed in her approach to anyone who married a high profile royal since Diana. The Queen will look as if she’s bending over backwards to make them feel welcome so if a divorce or scandal arises the monarchy will not take the blame. They can claim they did all they could. I just see this as calculated.

    • Cazzee says:

      Yes, this seems to have been a ‘lesson learned’ since Diana’s time, when once Diana married into the royal family, she was never allowed to spend another Chistmas with her family again. Ever.

    • LAK says:

      Recent biographers say that HM really let loose after QM died.

      Apparently QM dying finally allowed her the freedom to do as she pleased. Examples like Charles finally marrying Camilla are supposedly a part of that new freedom.

  10. Holden says:

    The royal family in their pjs opening christmas presents! Should be such a fun event, I hope Kate’s mom doesn’t give the Queen some knock off Uggs though…

    • mslewis says:

      From what I understand, the Queen doesn’t give expensive gifts. Sarah Chatto once said the Queen gave her an ironing board for Christmas. I think whatever the Middletons give will be just fine.

      • inthekitchen says:

        I can certainly understand and appreciate not giving expensive gifts (even when you are super wealthy), but dang, isn’t there something more creative and personal she can give her own family members (and staff, for that matter!)? An ironing board?!? For real? How about a book or painting or something that shows a bit more thought.

      • LAK says:

        The gifts they give each other tend to fall in the ‘gag’/'humour’ section of gift giving.

        there was an article in the telegraph last year that Camilla received a framed joke cartoon about Kate and her naked pap pics from her ex-husband….wouldn’t want to be her as THAT was opened infront of the family.

      • Suze says:

        All Carole has to do is wrap up a bunch of whoopee cushions and she’ll fit right in.

      • Thinker says:

        @LAK MIL receiving cartoons of your biscuits? Soooo awkward and uncomfortable I almost feel bad for Kate.

      • LAK says:

        Thinker: rather a cartoon than pictures. Fergie apparently came down to breakfast to find the adult members of the family leafing through a copy of the tabloid with pics of her naked toe sucking……

  11. janie says:

    Spooks… I agree, not normal to leave out Aunts & Uncles to this milestone in the baby’s life? Will is going to pretty much agree with Kate on any issue. That’s the way it goes.

    • KaitX says:

      I kind of agree with you both, but we don’t know if there is a feud in the family. I don’t get on with my fathers siblings at all(my dad is amazing, his sisters, not so much) and they won’t be invited to my wedding or any similar events. I want nothing to do with them, maybe it’s the same in William’s case?

  12. Bess says:

    I remember reading something last year about Camilla leaving the Queen’s Christmas get together to spend part of the holiday with her children & grandchildren in another location.

    It doesn’t seem fair that the Middletons would be invited and not Camilla’s family.

    • Maria says:

      Thus the argument holds water: Willie throwing a crap fit to have the Midds with him 24/7.

    • lisa says:

      maybe they dont want to come. it might not be all that fun especially for small children. plus maybe they go see their father for xmas. cant expect the queen to invite him too.

    • Thinker says:

      Camilla’s family is larger… Both her kids are married with children. Five little ones and four extra adults who are only there for Camilla… Plus besides Prince George, the other royal children are older than Camilla’s grand kids. And finally, because Camilla is divorced from her children’s father, the kids probably split the holiday between parents, and between their spouses parents.

  13. Green Girl says:

    I think it’s great they were invited, but having read up on what’s required of Christmas at Sandringham, it’s definitely not my cup of tea. I am sure the Middletons are pleased they’ve made the list, though.

  14. Ellen says:

    I’m not convinced that Sophie and Anne were uninvited to that christening — both of them must have had those travel engagements on their calendars for months (cue snarky comments about how they both actually HAVE events on their calendars), and William and Kate even look to have a good relationship with the Wessex family. I think it’s just that the best date for the rest of the family managed not to be good for these two.

    But the truth will come out when the final guest list is published, and we see whether the Yorks, or the other Wessexes, or Anne’s kids are there. Honestly, I would expect Zara to be a godmother possibly, so….

    • bluhare says:

      If Anne had a Canadian tour scheduled, I understand that. You can’t exactly stand a country up to go to a family christening, even if it’s a future King. However, if Sophie just had a regular engagement that day I don’t see how that couldn’t be accommodated. I have a hard time believing the Queen, DOE, Charles and Camilla didn’t have engagements between them and they are all going to be there.

      It looks bad. It will look worse if Pippa and James are allowed to bring their SO’s. That being said, I also wonder if this is Charles and his streamlined monarchy thing of excluding anyone except his direct heirs.

      And as a very proud aunt (with no children of my own) you can bet I’ll be at my grand niece/nephew’s christenings. I would be insulted to be excluded.

      • Suze says:

        I kind of thought this was more of a Charles streamlining the monarchy thing rather than WillKat making any kind of stand on behalf of the MIddletons. Or maybe it’s both and it worked out for the Wales nuclear family.

        This is my personal opinion only, and I have NO inside knowledge, but I think that Charles and William are of the same mind when it comes to cutting back on the number of royals attending events. I think it suits both of them, for a variety of reasons.

        Just opinion, though.

        (And the monarchy is a different thing from our families, of course. I go to my nieces and nephews christenings and I hope to be invited to the greats christenings when that day comes. But my family isn’t setting a public precedent, so there’s a difference there!)

      • Suze says:

        ….because I can’t seem to finish a thought in a single post, I’m adding on here….

        Also, this chapel is fairly small so they probably trimmed the crowd to fit. Now whether they chose a small venue so they didn’t have to invite everyone is another matter.

      • micmac says:

        When the D of E was in hospital, everyone else had to carry on as normal. I’m sure the same applies in this case, especially for the very busy Wessex branch of the family. Furthermore, if Anne, Edward and Andrew are invited, with or without spouses, then we also have to have Prince William’s Spencer relatives, Uncle Gary etc.

        I expect the date has been selected to fit in with Prince Charles’ and Prince Harry’s November commitments. And I doubt there will be as much publicity over attendance choices when Anne’s new grandchild is born in January.

  15. duchessofhazard says:

    Prince William’s uncle Edward’s company spied on Prince William when he first went to university, if I remember correctly (he and his wife ran companies). I think eventually that’s why the Queen (allegedly) had to give Edward and Sophie a stipend, because every time they tried to make money, it just proved embarrassing for the Royal family. So I can see why Edward and Sophie got frozen out.

    • bluhare says:

      It’s been widely reported that the Queen and Sophie get along like a house on fire and that she’s HM’s favourite in law. I don’t see the Queen crossing her off the list. But then I’ve got no clue, just lots of opinions.

  16. bettyrose says:

    What do you do all day at a country estate?

  17. Jennifer says:

    I don’t get why anyone has issues with this or you say that William is choosing the Middletons. For the christening, both of their parents are invited and all of their siblings are invited. Sounds like her aunts/uncles aren’t coming either.

  18. mslewis says:

    I think the guest list will be fairly limited because of the limited space in this particular chapel. I read there was only room for about 30 people. I would think only the immediate families would be invited and the guest list at the reception afterwards would be expanded. I honestly don’t see a problem.

    Also, I think it’s wonderful that William is so close to his in-laws and want them included. Kate is close to her family, which is something that has not always been the norm for in-laws of the royal family. (Diana hated her mother and barely spoke to her and Sarah’s mother lived in Argentina.) I think William just wants Kate to be happy.

  19. Lizzie says:

    Well apparently Princess Anne didn’t go to the baptism’s of William or Harry. So perhaps it is only going to be immediate family and godparents. Did we ever know who attended the Wessex children’s baptism’s. I don’t know why people have to pull every single thing that Kate & William do, to pieces.

  20. Susan says:

    Poor Fergie! She and Andrew have been living as husband and wife for over 15 years since their divorce, and she always spends Christmas day alone while Andrew and their daughters spend the holiday with the Queen at Sandringham.

    • LAK says:

      Fergie has always spent Christmas at Sandrigham, just not at the main house. Her family join her there. The girls go up to the main house for Christmas day, returning either later that day or boxing day.

      I would bet a that’s what is happening with the middletons as well since WK now have Amner Hall and are free to invite whomever they choose to stay there.

      It gives impression that the middletons have been invited to the main house for the period, but it’s more likely that they are all spending it at Amner Hall, and WKG having to spend one day at the main house.

      • mslewis says:

        The article said the QUEEN invited the Middletons so they will be at Sandingham for the holiday with Will and Kate.

      • Suze says:

        I am beginning to feel left out as it appears that everyone spends Christmas at Sandringham except me. Fergie! Sophie’s Papa! The Midds (including Pippa and that crazy James). I’m sure Cressida will sneak in and spend the night somewhere.

        Of course, the estate is riddled with houses so everyone is a discreet distance apart.

        They could have the ghost of Idi Amin over for the holidays and no one would be the wiser.

      • LAK says:

        mslewis – Funny…it said the same thing last year. and that didn’t happen.

        As with all these deluge of press releases that trumpet WK’s intenetions, i follow a wait and see policy.

        However, the Middletons being at Sandrigham this year is very likely for the simple reason that Amner Hall is on Sandrigahm.

        And the public wouldn’t be any wiser as to whether they were at the main house or at Amner Hall because there presence on the Sandrigham estate is all that counts.

      • LAK says:

        urgh..apologies for the spelling mistakes. my tired phone won’t let me edit……urgh. time for a new unit.

      • Deedee says:

        I agree that they will be at Amner. This seems to jive with the tweets of a certain royal reporter who should know.

      • duchess of hazard says:

        Prince Phillip supposedly dislikes Sarah Ferguson, so I think that’s why the arrangements are like that. She and Prince Andrew aer supposedly still warm with each other.

  21. Angelic 21 says:

    I don’t get what the big deal is about William not inviting his uncle and aunt and how this is Kate’s fault. It’s not her fault that her husband is not close to his extended family (god I can’t believe I am defending her!)He is not close to them, Anne made very rude comments on George.s birth and their engagement news plus back in the day she refused to come to Harry’s christening despite being invited. She is a very rude woman IMO. Also I don’t really think Carole and Michael’s siblings are also invited IMO, so it’s not a big deal that Charles’s siblings are left out too. Plus I don’t get why Pippa or James inviting their bf/gf is bad if they want to,I am sure Harry is also allowed to being his gf if he wants to.

    • Kitten Mittens says:

      Angelic 21
      You’re defending Kate? I’d say you’re clarifying the situation!
      And what bad things did Anne say when George was born?
      With Kate’s siblings inviting their significant others while many are left off the list. It just seems like they’re making it more of a Middleton affair. Plus Pippa’s bf Nico just seems creepy. And I seriously doubt Harry will bring Cressida. 1. She and Harry have been very low key about their relationship and them being seen together at this outing would steal the spot light. 2. Kate might still dislike Cressida and vice versa. I bet William and Kate would be upset if the attention at this small, private event wasn’t all on them.

    • Tulip Garden says:

      I see what you see. Simple guest list. Grandparents, Great-Grandparents, siblings and their significant others. Completely do not get the bid deal about the christening guest list. All of the significant royals will be in attendance at Christmas and, honestly, all of the hoopla about the christening just seems media-created silliness.

  22. Algernon says:

    I’m not British, so I could very well be wrong about this, but isn’t Sandringham their private estate? I thought the family paid for Sandringham and its properties out of pocket. The main house and garden are open to the public when the family isn’t in residence as a means of generating revenue for upkeep.

    What a fascinating, bizarre world.

  23. Fue McCormick says:

    If I were the Queen I wouldn’t want “outsiders” coming to Sandringham for Christmas.
    Can you imagine having to be polite to all of your family members for an extended amount of time? Or having to keep all of those secrets hidden from the guests?

    • Decloo says:

      The Queen does not have to be polite to anyone for any amount of time. She will probably nod and smile a bit and then have dinner on a tray in front of the telly, as usual.

  24. hannah says:

    So the Daily Fail invents a story and in a few weeks will claim that the Middletons have snubbed the Queen .

  25. Liz says:

    The Queen is the only one showing some common sense and class these days!

    Check out Duchess or Diva’s blog on this issue: http://katemiddletonduchessordiva.wordpress.com/

  26. Lia says:

    That William wants to spend all of his time with the Middletons speaks volumes about the way they must provide a warm and welcoming atmosphere for him, contrary to what he is used to with the royal family. He has apparently found a life he only dreamed of, one that Diana gave him a glimpse of before she died.

  27. Dominique says:

    Here’s a theory: they chose the small chapel as an excuse to invite immediate family only, because if they invited Will’s aunts and uncles, then they’d have to invite Kate’s, which means… Hello Uncle Gary.

    Inviting them to sandringham also keeps them too busy to hang out with UG over the holidays.isn’t it funny how he was all over the press before George’s birth talking about how close he is to them and the gifts he will buy for the baby etc and radio silence since?

  28. Paloma says:

    I think the Queen is doing everything she can to make Kate feel welcome into this family after the disastrous way Diana was handled. I think it’s a wonderful idea.

  29. Tara says:

    Christmas at Sandringham sould be wonderful for the Mids and the RF. the Wessex clan will lend understated elegance, the Yorks will make everyone laugh and secretly piss off the Wales clan because they’re the queen’s faves. Ann will make sure no children hug her by mistake. Zara will make sure her husband doesn’t wink at anyone and look forward to getting back on a horse. Harry will keep the peace between Pippa and the York girls and Will and Michael will go fishing. Edward and James will discuss theater, literature and film for hours and Kate will be sweet, vacant and stunningly dressed for dinner. Everyone will pretend to like Phillip’s barbecue and Pippa will charm him because she shoots. Carol will have four or five servants carry in her eyeliner trunks and little George will gurgle and smile anytime she holds him. Camilla will make mental notes about who will get cut off once Charles is King and Charles will collect saplings to test at Highgrove and make sure all the garbage is composted. They will all have a grand time and exchange $20 gifts surrounded by priceless splendor.

  30. DailyNightly says:

    Interesting that all the Royals that are not invited are all people Kate would have to curtsey to since they all outrank her. And who are Georges godparents? I believe William had six sets of godparents when he was christened.

    • Tara says:

      Not necessarily – only if they also outrank Will. If she is physically with her husband Kate will not have to curtsey to anyone bellow his rank. Same with Camilla and Sophie.

  31. lemonslicemoon says:

    I dont get away with half as much shit with my in laws as Kate does with hers…

  32. vava says:

    this whole thing is cringe-worthy. All the more reason to appreciate our free lives away from the monarchy. I wouldn’t want to spend holidays with ANY of those people, the Queen included!

  33. rtms says:

    I’m going out on a limb here and thinking this is another one of Charles idea’s about trimming down the royal family and who gets to be important etc. He’s really been sticking it to his siblings for awhile now and William just loves it. Charles is a dumbass but I’m finding William just an arrogant lazy cold fish, who wants everything done for him and give nothing back in return. Both boys were spoiled rotten, but I think Henry has slowly grown out of it and seen the light, while Willy just keeps blindly going on. I dare say if it wasn’t for the tax paying money, I think William would have given up his titles.

  34. stanhope says:

    I wait for the day when William becomes King and restores the HRH to his Mother. He is showing signs of having not drunk the Kool-aid and probably told that dried up shrew that he will spend Christmas where he bloody well pleases. Imagine Christmas with the shrew, her husband, Charles and his slut royal. I’d run screaming into the streets. They’re going to have a kiki at the Middletons. LOL

  35. Renee says:

    Why the hate? What grandparents don’t want to spend Christmas with their only newborn grandchild?

  36. Nikki says:

    I don’t understand why the christening guest list is such a surprise. OMG there will be Middletons! *gasp* they are George’s immediate family; princess Anne, prince Andrew, prince Edward, etc. are NOT his immediate family. When you want a small party the first cut on the guest list would be great aunts and uncles, second cousins, etc. why should Wills’s aunt be there before Kate’s sister?

  37. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    The white dog made me laugh, didn’t notice before.

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