This holiday season will be extra special for the royal family, who will be having their first Christmas with baby Prince George. Life & Style has the inside scoop from how Kate Middleton and Prince William are straying from tradition to their preference for "cheap and quirky" gifts.
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In a break from tradition, Queen Elizabeth II invited the Middletons to what’s usually a royals-only holiday. “It’s hugely important to Kate and William that her family is with them,” a royal insider tells Life & Style. The royal family gathers at the queen’s Norfolk estate, Sandringham, and the 30-person guest list includes William’s dad, Prince Charles, and brother, Prince Harry, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie, Princess Anne and Prince Edward.
They’ll exchange presents by an 18-foot Norfolk pine tree the queen helps decorate. The royals opt for gag gifts — “the cheaper and quirkier, the better!” the insider reveals to Life & Style — like a silly onesie for George. But Pippa, who spent $11,000 to have the baby’s hands and feet cast in silver, will go for something posh.
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“Kate and William are hugely excited about the festive season,” the royal insider enthuses, “and even though George will be only 5 months old, they know this is a time they’ll cherish forever.”
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