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Changes to the royal family’s official Christmas celebration this year

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For the first time Queen Camilla will be joined by her family at the royal family’s Christmas celebration at Sandringham House.

ITV royal reporter Chris Ship has reported Camilla’s children Tom Parker Bowles and Laura Lopes will attend with their children this year as part of a “significant” change.

“The Queen has invited her children and grandchildren this year, which is different from previous years,” a royal source told the reporter.

Queen Camilla with her children Tom Parker Bowles and Lara Lopes. (Dave Benett/Getty Images for For)

The Queen’s sister Annabel Elliot, who is one of her official companions at the palace and was present at Camilla’s coronation in May, will also be in attendance this Christmas.

It’s reported that Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, and ex-husband Prince Andrew will also attend Christmas lunch this year with their children Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s families, as they did in 2022.

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Prince Andrew, Sarah Ferguson and Princess Beatrice will also reportedly be in attendance. (Getty)

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are not expected to attend and haven’t done so since 2018. They are expected to remain in California with their children Archie, four and Lilibet, two this festive season.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren’t expected to attend. (Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Each year on Christmas Day the royal family walk to church at St. Mary Magdalene, waving the gathered royal supporters. They then return to Sandringham House for Christmas lunch.

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Each year on Christmas Day the royal family walk to church at St. Mary Magdalene. (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Ship reports to accommodate the larger group the royal family will break with tradition by dining in the larger ballroom instead of the dining room.

In previous years, Camilla has joined the royal family for lunch at Sandringham before leaving to join her children and grandchildren for the remainder of the day.

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While Queen Elizabeth’s death in September 2022 paved the way for Camilla to invite her family then, the decision was made to maintain the late monarch’s traditions as a mark of respect, ahead of King Charles and Queen Camilla’s coronation in May.

This year, however, changes are afoot with Camilla expected to play a larger role in deciding on how the day is run, hosting it jointly with Charles.

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This year changes are afoot with Camilla expected to play a larger role in deciding on how the day is run. (Getty)
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This year Camilla will host Christmas lunch jointly with King (Getty)

The King and Queen are preparing for the state visit of the President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol.

Yoon’s four-day trip will be the first state visit hosted by Britain since the coronation of King Charles.

The royal couple recently returned from their own State visit to Kenya.


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