Carole Middleton, Kate Middleton's mother, famously lets her grandchildren decorate their own little tree at Christmas—but this year, it'll look a little different.
Carole, the longtime owner of Party Pieces, a party supply company, opened up on social media about her plans for this Christmas. "We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas," she wrote in a caption on the Party Pieces Instagram. "For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected. I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree. This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!"
The Middleton matriarch first revealed this tradition in 2018, when she told the Telegraph that she puts an extra tree in her grandchildren's room "so that they can decorate it themselves." (She also revealed that for Christmas, she planned to serve "two options–very traditional and something vegan" at dinner and "champagne and smoked salmon" for lunch, and that her essential holiday dishes include mulled wine and mince pies.)
Generally, Prince William and Kate switch between spending the holidays with the royals at Sandringham and at the Middleton home. Last year, during a winter at Sandringham, Prince George and Princess Charlotte took part in a famous royal Christmas tradition for the first time: walking to Christmas Day services at Sandringham estate's St. Mary Magdalene church, and greeting the royal fans gathered outside.
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