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Old 12-24-2015, 03:49 PM
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They are both thoroughly enjoying themselves, mud, rain and all! Harry's putting his heart and soul into it as usual!

I don't believe the Middletons are in Norfolk. We shall see, but I do think it's a Windsor Christmas at the big house for everyone this year.
I wouldn't be surprised either if the Cambridges open their home to some of the relatives to ease the load at the Big House. Maybe all the younger set such as Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie etc could be staying at Anmer. We'll probably never know as its a private family celebration.
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Old 12-24-2015, 04:20 PM
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I don't think the Cambridge's are staying the night at Sandringham. They have their own home on the estate. It may be that they're just participating in the family celebrations this year, instead of hosting the Middletons at Anmer, like they did last year. Anyway, both families will likely celebrate together.

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Old 12-24-2015, 05:43 PM
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Exactly - if they papers get it wrong they will say what actually happened was a 'last minute surprise'. If they got it right they will pretend they knew all along!
That reminds me of April 2008, when Katie Nicholl insisted that Catherine wasn't invited to William's RAF graduation ceremony.

Then the day of the ceremony, Catherine shows up with Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Celia McCorquodale. A flustered Katie Nicholl then claimed that Catherine only got invited the last minute, that's why her original story was inaccurate.

Of course, pictures from the event showed Catherine had a printed place card holder with her name on it, just like all the other guests. Katie Nicholl made sure not to include those photos in her revision story, lest she look like a lying fool.
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:36 PM
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I wouldn't be surprised either if the Cambridges open their home to some of the relatives to ease the load at the Big House. Maybe all the younger set such as Harry, Beatrice, Eugenie etc could be staying at Anmer. We'll probably never know as its a private family celebration.
Exactly (my bolding), all the papers pretend to have inside information but in reality they are the same as us, standing on the outside having a good guess at what is going on! I imagine that, as the Royal family grows, the possibility of William and Kate using their home as a base for some of their generation gets more likely. Equally, lets not forget, there is Wood Farm where Sarah Ferguson use to stay if they need it. I imagine if the RF are really 'crammed' in at Sandringham already its because thats what they want rather than what they have to do!
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Old 12-24-2015, 06:58 PM
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Amner is 10 bedrooms. So there should be six bedrooms free (master, bedroom for each kid and a nanny would be the other 4) unless The middletons are staying. The Middletons would still leave 3 rooms but I don't know if Harry or the Yorks would want to stay if the in laws are there.

For the Yorks at least. wood farm seems a more likely candidate. The girls have often spent part of Christmas with their mom there.

Would be nice to think of Charles and Camilla and Harry staying at Amner, but don't really see that happening. Could have them there, put Andrew and the girls at Wood farm, and others could stay at the main house.
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Old 12-24-2015, 07:06 PM
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I guess time will tell, personally I suspect the family want to be as one and spend as much time together under one roof as possible. Given that Sarah was using Wood Farm in the mid 1990s I can't imagine no one has thought of using it for extended family until now. Either Wood Farm or Anmer still mean leaving at night time and driving back in the morning and maybe the RF would rather be a bit more cramped but together?
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The Queen’s Christmas Message: "It is true that the world has had to confront moments of darkness this year........

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Queen: ....but the Gospel of John contains a verse of great hope often read at Christmas carol services

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The Queen's Christmas Message: ...'The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.'"

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In her annual broadcast,the Queen will describe Christmas as "a time to remember all that we have to be thankful for

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Queen's Christmas Message is in a year which marked the seventieth anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

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I didn't realize how bad Harry's balding was until I saw this picture from today's soccer match.

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By the time he's 40-45, he should look like Edward and William.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:16 PM
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I guess time will tell, personally I suspect the family want to be as one and spend as much time together under one roof as possible. Given that Sarah was using Wood Farm in the mid 1990s I can't imagine no one has thought of using it for extended family until now. Either Wood Farm or Anmer still mean leaving at night time and driving back in the morning and maybe the RF would rather be a bit more cramped but together?

I would imagine Nanny Maria and RPOs would take the kids back to Amner after family presents and before the black tie dinner. The kids might be easier to get to bed in their own rooms and it's a very short drive between the two houses. The RPOs can alway drive if W&K are drinking.


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Old 12-24-2015, 08:58 PM
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Amner is 10 bedrooms. So there should be six bedrooms free (master, bedroom for each kid and a nanny would be the other 4) unless The middletons are staying. The Middletons would still leave 3 rooms but I don't know if Harry or the Yorks would want to stay if the in laws are there.

For the Yorks at least. wood farm seems a more likely candidate. The girls have often spent part of Christmas with their mom there.

Would be nice to think of Charles and Camilla and Harry staying at Amner, but don't really see that happening. Could have them there, put Andrew and the girls at Wood farm, and others could stay at the main house.
Why can't a 7 month old and a 2 year old share a bedroom?

And why should Charles and Camilla move in with William and Catherine? Harry can move in with his brother but not C&C.

All the action happens at Sandringham House. They have a schedule they follow. It is a lot easier to arrive promptly for dinner if they are at Sandringham House rather than Anmer.

Sandringham and Balmoral both lease cottages on the estate to the general public. On Balmoral's website it states: Please note that the holiday cottages are not available for some weeks during The Royal Visit.

The Sandringham estate has 2 cottages that are rented to the general public. The same rules about availability when the RF are in residence may also apply.

Anmer house would have been perfect for Princess Anne and her family and the Wessex household, although Anne might prefer Sandringham House to be nearer the action. (So may Sophie.)

Tim & Anne bedroom 1
Mike, Zara & Mia bedroom 2
Peter & Autumn bedroom 3
Edward & Sophie bedroom 4
Louise bedroom 5
Savannah & Isla bedroom 6
James bedroom 7
Wessex nanny bedroom 8
Philip nanny bedroom 9
Tindall nanny bedroom 10

The current use of Anmer by William leaves a lot of free bedrooms.
William & Catherine bedroom 1
George & Charlotte bedroom 2
Nanny Maria bedroom 3

The royal family may use some of the cottages on the Sandringham Estate or they may be used by staff. There is suppose to be a bachelor's quarter that in previous generations was for single males. It is now used as staff quarters except during the Christmas holiday when it resorts to being used by the family.
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Old 12-24-2015, 09:01 PM
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Its about 3 miles, 6 minute drive. between the two houses. Certainly not a long jaunt. Seems a bit foolish to uproot two small kids from their nursery for a guest bedroom only minutes up the road IMO. As pointed out, RPO easily could drive if alcohol is an issue.
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Sandringham allegedly gets so full over Christmas that some of the Royal Family have stayed in staff quarters on occasions.
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Old 12-25-2015, 04:22 AM
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Queen's Speech 2015: 'The world has had to confront moments of darkness this year'


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Old 12-25-2015, 04:41 AM
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The Queen's Christmas address describes the festive period as "a time to remember all that we have to be thankful for".

The Queen will speak about the "moments of darkness" faced by many across the globe this year and highlight the Bible as a source of solace during her Christmas Day address.
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Flanked by photos of her nearest and dearest, the Queen uses her annual Christmas message to thank 'people who bring happiness into our lives' but also confronts 'darkness' that has hit the world in 2015

The Queen will use her Christmas Day message to highlight the 'moments of darkness' the world has confronted but will also speak about the Christian message of light triumphing over the dark.

A series of terrorist atrocities have shocked the world during 2015, from the mass shootings and bombings in Paris last month to the gun attack at a Tunisia resort during the summer.

But the Queen, whose address traditionally has a strong religious framework reflecting her own faith, will sound an optimistic tone when she quotes a verse from the Bible.
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Very symbolic images from the speech. It shows us the future, and it is a sad reminder that as the years go by, the closer we come the unimaginable day when the Queen dies.

Happy and glorious! The Queen beams as she wraps up in a warm winter coat for traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham | Daily Mail Online
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Happy and glorious! The Queen beams as she wraps up in a warm winter coat for traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham

The Queen looked in good spirits as she led members of the Royal Family to the traditional Christmas Day service on the Sandringham estate.

Her Majesty was followed by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, sons, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew, and her daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall. Moments later, Prince Harry was seen alongside his cousins, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, who both looked sophisticated in long coats.
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Very symbolic images from the speech. It shows us the future, and it is a sad reminder that as the years go by, the closer we come the unimaginable day when the Queen dies.
I agree about the images. I love especially this informal picture of her with the Duke.

All the ladies are very nice but today distinguish the Princess Anne probably because I love this coat.

The Christmas card from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand in the garden of Clarence House this summer.

Lovely picture!

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"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are pleased to share a new photograph of their family. The photograph, taken by Matt Porteous, shows The Duke and Duchess with their three children at Anmer Hall, and features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card this year."

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"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are delighted to share a new photograph from their Wedding Reception at Frogmore House on 19th May. The photograph, which features on Their Royal Highnesses’ Christmas card, was taken by photographer Chris Allerton."

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The Christmas Card from the York Family!

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Happy and glorious! The Queen beams as she wraps up in a warm winter coat for traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham | Daily Mail Online

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Catherine wears new fantastic brooch!!!!
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