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Old 12-26-2018, 01:53 PM
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I took matters into my own hands. Did several Twitter searches back to before dawn on the 25th for Sandringham. It does not appear anyone took photos of the family at the dawn Communion service (though many people were there and taking/posting pictures). I hope I am wrong. Or that the RF went elsewhere. Or that people there did not tag their photos. But it's odd.
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Old 12-26-2018, 01:59 PM
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I think it has been awhile since either the Queen's niece or nephew and their families have actually been at Sandringham for Christmas. I know we've seen them visit the Queen later during her Sandringham residency.
Looking through the videos from the last 8 Christmas morning walks, it appears that the Snowdon and Chatto families attend every other year, on the odd years.

They were there in 2011, 2013, 2015, and 2017, but not in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 or this year.
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Old 12-26-2018, 02:18 PM
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Hel...I have noticed that as well. I assume that the Chattos and Linley's are spending time with their in-laws...which is the norm for most families.
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Old 12-26-2018, 03:28 PM
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I think they alternate every other year so both sides of the family get to spend christmas with them (the rf and the in laws). Do Zara and Peter attend every year or alternate? I really can’t rememember atm and only can think of Zara missing it because of her misscarriage and being in australia. If they do I wonder if they co-ordinate so when the Chattos and Snowdons arent there Peter and Zara are.
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:21 PM
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Lovely photos here of the Duchess of Sussex!
https://mobile.twitter.com/Anvilius/...59207611928577
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:36 PM
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Lovely photos here of the Duchess of Sussex!
https://mobile.twitter.com/Anvilius/...59207611928577
Very sweet pictures. You just can't fake that kind of happiness in one's facial expressions. With reading the responses, it seems like the conversation was between one mother to another and that's what made it so personal.
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Old 12-26-2018, 05:41 PM
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It was nice to see that even Jack Brooksbank held a bouquet of flowers. I like Sophie's bright blue coat.
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Old 12-26-2018, 07:01 PM
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This article says that Harry, William and Charles did go shooting on Boxing Day and that Meghan, Kate, the Queen and Prince Philip joined them for lunch at Wood Farm. Meghan was in the Queen's Land Rover.

It's a Fail article but apparently they were spotted in land rovers etc making their way there so I think it should be accurate.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ing-feast.html
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:21 PM
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One thing I can't fault the Fail for is their photos. They're amazing and probably the source of the best photos to be had.

It seems like its a good time being had by all for these holidays. Christmas eatings at the Queen's "Big House" and a lunch today at Philip's Wood Farm. This is definitely an older couple that can easily say "your place or mine?"

Actually, Wood Farm appeals to me more than the "Big House" does. It looks far cozier.
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Old 12-27-2018, 02:46 PM
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Nice to see the photos from Christmas Day - Savannah and Isla look so sweet in their little coats. I hope Mia will be able to join them soon as it will be cute to see them together, and then eventually George and Charlotte will be with them too.
Looking at the photos of her from Christmas it's only just struck me how much Eugenie resembles Sarah. Jack seems nice; he seemed quite nervous during the walk up to Sandringham but that's understandable (since he wasn't use to being near cameras beforehand like Meghan had).
I guess the Snowdons and Chattos spent Christmas with their non-royal families this year. They attended last year so they probably rotated this Christmas.
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Old 12-27-2018, 03:55 PM
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Nice to see the photos from Christmas Day - Savannah and Isla look so sweet in their little coats. I hope Mia will be able to join them soon as it will be cute to see them together, and then eventually George and Charlotte will be with them too.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Mia, George, and Charlotte all start attending the service at about the same time; Mia is about 6 months younger than George, and Charlotte a year and a bit younger than Mia.

When the time comes, I think Louis, Lena, and Baby Sussex will all start attending at the same time.
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Old 12-28-2018, 03:28 PM
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I wouldn’t be surprised if Mia, George, and Charlotte all start attending the service at about the same time; Mia is about 6 months younger than George, and Charlotte a year and a bit younger than Mia.

When the time comes, I think Louis, Lena, and Baby Sussex will all start attending at the same time.
I agree. It makes sense since they're all of a similar age. IIRC last Christmas was the first time Savannah and Isla attended, so perhaps next Christmas we'll see George, Charlotte and Mia (or Christmas 2020 depending on how well the three can cope with church services, I remember that Viscount Severn started attending later because it was reported that he gets bored easily).
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Old 12-28-2018, 05:10 PM
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I agree. It makes sense since they're all of a similar age. IIRC last Christmas was the first time Savannah and Isla attended, so perhaps next Christmas we'll see George, Charlotte and Mia (or Christmas 2020 depending on how well the three can cope with church services, I remember that Viscount Severn started attending later because it was reported that he gets bored easily).
I would guess Christmas 2020 is more likely than next year if all three debut at the same time. Isla was 5 years & 8 months old, while Savannah was 7 years old last year when they made their Christmas service debut. I expect the Cambridges want to keep their children out of the spotlight as much as possible and George doesn't seem to be quite as comfortable with crowds and hordes of photographers as Charlotte. It's a far different animal to take two youngsters like Savannah & Isla who are, at best, of only slight media and public interest versus the Cambridge kids or Mia, who falls somewhere in the middle of the two extremes with respect to media interest.
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:15 PM
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I would guess Christmas 2020 is more likely than next year if all three debut at the same time. Isla was 5 years & 8 months old, while Savannah was 7 years old last year when they made their Christmas service debut. I expect the Cambridges want to keep their children out of the spotlight as much as possible and George doesn't seem to be quite as comfortable with crowds and hordes of photographers as Charlotte. It's a far different animal to take two youngsters like Savannah & Isla who are, at best, of only slight media and public interest versus the Cambridge kids or Mia, who falls somewhere in the middle of the two extremes with respect to media interest.
That's true. George, Charlotte and Louis aren't seen as much as other heirs in Europe and understandably the Cambridges probably wish to keep it that way until they're all old enough to decide whether they want to be public or private people (George will have less of a choice being the future king, but Charlotte and Louis and any other children they may possibly have in the near future will be able to be make a more flexible choice).
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Old 12-29-2018, 05:35 PM
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Mike Tindall give us a bit of an insight into Christmas with the family at Sandringham-
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Love that the Queen Zara and Mike had a "mini Christmas" just the 3 of them while the others were at church the year of the miscarriage.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:09 PM
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Love that the Queen Zara and Mike had a "mini Christmas" just the 3 of them while the others were at church the year of the miscarriage.
I do too. I also didn’t know the royal family have a cold buffet on Christmas Day because the staff is off on that day. It’s great that Zara buys Christmas gifts for everyone, forthe extended family at the Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. She’s basically the Santa Claus of the family. Yes, the Christmas dinner is a black tie affair.
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Old 12-29-2018, 08:54 PM
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Did Mike Tindall say they have a cold buffet on Christmas day? Blimey on a freezing cold day they have to eat cold food! I only watched about up to where the stout arrived. It's funny he should say that because we watched yet another short documentary a few days ago about what the Royals eat for Christmas lunch. They interviewed an ex chef from Sandrigham who said they have Roast Turkey stuffed and with gravy, mashed potato, carrot, brussel sprouts and parsnips. All served Hot of course.
Then plum pudding for desert.
I honestly can't imagine tucking into cold cuts on a freezing cold day.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:01 PM
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I would imagine that because the formal Christmas dinner is on Christmas Eve, there are quite a few leftovers to be had. I think its pretty nice that the family takes into consideration that their staff want to be home with family too and go with a cold buffet on Christmas day.

When we think of royalty, we don't usually think of them as fending for themselves and eating like everybody else does but the Windsors are great for this kind of thing when they're on their own private time. Even with the BBQs that Philip has, its the Queen herself that will do the dishes and clean up.
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Old 12-29-2018, 09:35 PM
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Did Mike Tindall say they have a cold buffet on Christmas day? Blimey on a freezing cold day they have to eat cold food! I only watched about up to where the stout arrived. It's funny he should say that because we watched yet another short documentary a few days ago about what the Royals eat for Christmas lunch. They interviewed an ex chef from Sandrigham who said they have Roast Turkey stuffed and with gravy, mashed potato, carrot, brussel sprouts and parsnips. All served Hot of course.
Then plum pudding for desert.
I honestly can't imagine tucking into cold cuts on a freezing cold day.
That chef hasn't worked for the Royal Family in over 20 years. Times change. I imagine there is soup. And heating.
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