The Real Reason Behind Prince William & Kate Middleton's Non-Traditional Christmas Plans


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They're definitely non-traditionalists -- at least in regards to being part of the royal family. Kate Middleton and Prince William won't be spending Christmas with the queen, and their reasons for doing so are so down to earth that we can't blame them a bit.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are skipping out on the traditional royal Christmas at Sandringham in favor of spending time with Kate's parents Michael and Carole. The duchess's siblings, Aunt Pippa and Uncle James to her children, will reportedly also join in the festivities.

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It turns out that Will and Kate have decided to break royal tradition exactly because of Prince George and Princess Charlotte. They decided that with a 3-year-old and 1-year-old, Christmas would be better spent in a more relaxed environment.

Holidays with the queen are apparently highly regimented, and described as being run "like a military operation." There's a strict schedule for meals (50 minutes for the family meal), and even activities like walking the dogs.

Parenting expert Lisa Clegg told Mail Online that Will and Kate decided to put their children first this year. She explained, "If William and Kate can take a step back from Official Royal duties at certain times, in order to keep life as simple and normal as possible for George and Charlotte then that’s absolutely the right decision."

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We're sure that Queen Elizabeth will miss seeing her great-grandchildren on Christmas, but absolutely love that Will and Kate are opting for a more relaxed celebration with her parents. George and Charlotte are going to have the time of their lives. 

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