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.
“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.
Photos courtesy of Michael Middleton, WENN.