The first Christmas at Sandringham without the Queen will be ‘less formal’ than usual and the family will NOT tune in to watch the King’s speech, royal expert says
- Jennie Bond says Charles’ first Christmas as monarch will be ‘less buttoned up’
- Royal author says family won’t watch King’s first Christmas speech on TV
- The expert described it as ‘archaic’ and says the focus will be on personal memories
The Royal Family’s first Christmas without the Queen will be “less formal” than usual and they will not tune in to watch the King’s speech, a royal expert has claimed.
Former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond said the royal family would still gather at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk this year to celebrate the festivities.
Speaking to OK!, the expert explained that Christmas has always been an official celebration in the Royal Household – the family bowing or curtsying to Her Majesty.
Instead, the royal author says King Charles’ first Christmas as monarch will be “less buttoned up” than in previous years.
However, the expert claims King Charles will break the family tradition of always getting together to watch the monarch’s televised speech when it airs in the afternoon.
The Royal Family will celebrate their first Christmas without the Queen next month. The late monarch pictured at Windsor Castle on December 23, 2021
The King, Queen Consort and Prince and Princess of Wales pictured at Buckingham Palace on September 18, 2022
The Royal Family are still expected to spend Christmas at the Sandringham Estate (pictured) as usual
Instead, the expert says Charles will abandon this “archaic” ritual and instead want his loved ones to focus on remembering their happy times with the Queen.
Additionally, the author says the King will likely follow in his mother’s footsteps and pre-record her speech ahead of time.
She added: “I’m sure he will record [the speech] a few days before and there will inevitably be a reflection on their loss.
Members of the Royal Family are still expected to attend a service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate before returning home for their Christmas meal.
The Queen pictured leading the Royal Family out of the service from St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day in 2017
Earlier this month, it was reported that King Charles had invited Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to the family’s Christmas celebrations, despite stepping down from royal duties nearly three years ago.
But a source close to the king said: “They are unlikely to attend.”
This will be the first time Charles has hosted the annual family reunion and Christmas holiday at the private estate in Norfolk.
The Prince and Princess of Wales will be there, staying close to Anmer Hall, the home given to them by the Queen.
King Charles has reportedly invited Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but they are “unlikely to attend”, according to a royal source. The King pictured with the Prince and Princess of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex arriving at St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day 2018
The Royals have made Sandringham their Christmas and New Year base since 1988, but in 2020 and 2021 the Queen is spending Christmas in Windsor. The Queen is pictured with William and Kate in Windsor in December 2020
Other family members are expected to join the King and Queen Consort on their walk to church on Christmas morning.
The Royal Family have made Sandringham their base for Christmas and New Years since 1988.
Although the family traditionally spends the holidays at the country house, the past few years have seen a change in routine due to the COVID-19 pandemic.