Why Kate Middleton And Prince William Are Shunning The Queen’s Christmas This Year

William, Kate, George and Charlotte won't be attending Christmas at Sandringham this year... Here's why

Prince William and Kate Middleton won’t be spending this Christmas Day with the Queen, it’s being reported.

The royal couple have broken protocol by choosing to spend Christmas with Kate’s family, the Middletons, in favour of the Queen’s traditional Sandringham celebrations.

But why?

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Kate, William, George and Charlotte will be spending Christmas with the Middletons this year...

Kate, William, George and Charlotte will be spending Christmas with the Middletons this year…

Well, with two young children, George and Charlotte, it’s thought to be down to the kids that they’re choosing to spend the festivities at Kate’s family home.

Because by the sound of it, Christmas at Sandringham is hardly relaxing…

Described as being run ‘like a military operation’, it’s rumoured that the guests have a strict timetable for breakfast, walking the dogs and lunch, with the family meal being timed at 50 minutes.

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‘The decision has been made out of a desire to put Charlotte and George first,’ parenting expert Lisa Clegg has told MailOnline.

‘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.’

Instead, the family will enjoy a ‘blissfully calm’ (according to Kate’s sister Pippa) Christmas at the Middleton household, where dad Michael often indulges in a spot of fancy dress – a sumo suit, to be exact!

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock (1249452w) Kate Middleton and Prince William The Engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton photocall, State Rooms, St James's Palace, London, Britain - 16 Nov 2010 Appearing together for the first time since their engagement was officially confirmed earlier today Prince William and Kate Middleton have spoken of their happiness. With Kate showing off her engagement ring, which belonged to William?s mother Princess Diana, the happy couple were all smiles as they posed together for the press. Speaking about the engagement William commented: ?The timing is right now, we are both very very happy?. Explaining the decision to use his mother?s ring William said it was so she ?didn?t miss out on today?. He added that as a couple he and Kate ?have fun together and are both down to earth?. Kate said that getting married was ?a daunting prospect? before adding ?hopefully I?ll take it in my stride? and that it ?just seemed a natural step for both of us?. She also called William ?a true romantic? and said he very supportive during the ?good and bad times?. Kate is pictured wearing a classic ISSA wrap dres

‘The children are still very young and so won’t understand the restraints that have to be practised within certain obligations of the Royal family and to sit down and be quiet in particular situations,’  Lisa continued. 

‘They are only little and need to be able to be children and get carried away with the excitement and fun of Christmas, without the world looking on them. For this reason, it’s beneficial for them to be in a more relaxed environment.’

Wishing the royals a VERY merry Christmas!