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Old 12-07-2011, 07:31 AM
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Oh I know that in lots of other countries presents are bought. But I can only compare the Netherlands and Britain. I don't like the christmas period: not in Holland and certainly not in England. Honestly it is far more over the top in Britain and away from the original christmas idea.
But this is very off topic.
One other thing, I find it strange that as soon you are a member of the royal family you are stuck with them during the christmas. It again sounds like a lot of pressure and I don't think this is what Christmas ought to be.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:30 AM
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Christmas cards reveal poignant moments and turbulent times throughout the life of the Royal family | Mail Online
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Thank you so much for the article. I've never seen a great deal of these before.
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Thanks for the article. The photos certainly do showcase the evolving dynamics of the RF through the years. The holidays always seem to shine a spotlight on family relationships, whether royal or commoner, happy or bittersweet.
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Old 12-09-2011, 04:08 AM
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Charles and Camilla's christmas card,
Greetings from Grandpapa Charles: Duke and Duchess of Cornwall unveil this year's Christmas card | Mail Online
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:09 AM
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What an adorable choice of Christmas card. I did love the images of Charles holding Eliza to allow her to see the crowds from the balcony. It was so grandfatherly.

Will we see everyone elses Christmas cards? Seeing all the previous Christmas cards from the Queen was lovely, especially the one with her eldest grandchildren. Delightful.
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Old 12-09-2011, 06:44 PM
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I find it strange that as soon you are a member of the royal family you are stuck with them during the christmas. It again sounds like a lot of pressure and I don't think this is what Christmas ought to be.
Maybe this is the only time of the year the Queen can get to see her family all gather together, although I have to admit the rigid routine and living by a gong would probably be more than I could take! But I suppose HM figures she may not have too many Christmases left, either, so the family time might be more paramount now.
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Old 12-09-2011, 07:25 PM
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A royal Christmas at sandringham sounds nice and is it only her children and grandchildren? Plus or excluding Peter and zara? So no kents or ogilvys....?
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Old 12-09-2011, 08:04 PM
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A royal Christmas at sandringham sounds nice and is it only her children and grandchildren? Plus or excluding Peter and zara? So no kents or ogilvys....?
Definitely Peter and Zara will have been invited...no Kents, Gloucesters, or Ogilvys....but I believe the Linleys and Chattos are invited, too.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:06 AM
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Have we heard when the greater family celebration will be. I know it's usually a lunch the week or so prior to Christmas.
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we will see th cristmas card of edward and sophie this year?
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Ah, a reprieve, but I'm sure Mike be the subject of a frosty glare or two!
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Definitely Peter and Zara will have been invited...no Kents, Gloucesters, or Ogilvys....but I believe the Linleys and Chattos are invited, too.
Don't quote me on this, but I remember reading somewhere that Linleys and Chattos come for Christmas and Sandringham every other year. They were not there last year, so we may very well see them this Christmas.
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Old 12-13-2011, 01:43 PM
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Don't quote me on this, but I remember reading somewhere that Linleys and Chattos come for Christmas and Sandringham every other year. They were not there last year, so we may very well see them this Christmas.
That makes sense and gives them time to spend Christmas with the spouse's side of the family...or alone for that matter.

Regarding the question about the family lunch at Buckingham Palace, my guess is for early next week especially since we know that William, Catherine & Harry will be in town for other engagements.
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Have a...Spooky and Haunted Christmas (though I won't rule out the possibility of something like that considering this is a rather old estate [and a friend of mine has seen enough 'Ghost Hunters' and 'Ghost Adventures' episodes dealing with haunted old English/Scottish mansions and castles to make me doubt it less and less])

Kate Middleton due to spend a haunted first Christmas at Sandringham - mirror.co.uk
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Catherine will not shoot during the Boxing Day hunt. Some say it's because of animal rights, others say that it's simply a tradition for women to not participate in the shooting itself.

The Duchess of Cambridge lays down her gun for the sake of a quiet Christmas - Telegraph
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Have a...Spooky and Haunted Christmas (though I won't rule out the possibility of something like that considering this is a rather old estate [and a friend of mine has seen enough 'Ghost Hunters' and 'Ghost Adventures' episodes dealing with haunted old English/Scottish mansions and castles to make me doubt it less and less])

Kate Middleton due to spend a haunted first Christmas at Sandringham - mirror.co.uk
It would actually surprise me if there weren't a ghost or two given the history of Sandringham or any other old residence in Britain. I've taken a tour or two at haunted residences in my own area and you really have to address that with an open mind, given the experiences of many an eyewitness to haunted happenings!

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Catherine will not shoot during the Boxing Day hunt. Some say it's because of animal rights, others say that it's simply a tradition for women to not participate in the shooting itself.

The Duchess of Cambridge lays down her gun for the sake of a quiet Christmas - Telegraph
Hmm, so which is it? Whatever the reason, it works out well for Kate for now. But if she intends to shoot at another occasion, she won't be able to avoid the issue or the protestors.
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Hmm, so which is it? Whatever the reason, it works out well for Kate for now. But if she intends to shoot at another occasion, she won't be able to avoid the issue or the protestors.
Tradition is most likely as she's shot before with the royals. HM, Anne nor Sophie have ever participated in the shoot.
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I can't see it being because of concern about interest groups or protesters given that other members of the royal family, including very high profile ones like William, are going to continue shooting. I hope it's not, anyway. I think there's being informed and sensitive to different perspectives, which is good, and then there's pandering to whatever group is shouting the loudest at the moment, which would make for a very difficult life.
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