When it comes to Christmas, the royal family are much like any other family, enjoying the festive spirit, the Christmas tree, some turkey, and wanting to be together as a family.
But, according to an inside source, as quoted by the Independent today, this Christmas is going to be a little different for the royals, as Prince William and Kate Middleton wish to be alone, at least for some part of Christmas day.
The source alleged to the publication that Kate and Will will indeed join the Queen at Sandringham in the morning, but will then whisk themselves off to their lavish Anmer Hall residence in Norfolk, England.
The source, who spoke to Grazia Magazine, said, "William spoke to the Queen about doing their own thing, especially since Kate has been suffering with acute morning sickness. He thought it would be nice for her to have a low-key Christmas. The Queen agreed. Kate, William and George will join the royal family on Christmas morning before parting ways until Boxing Day. They will rejoin on Boxing Day for the annual shoot."
In the past, Kate Middleton and Prince William have parted from tradition, and spent Christmas with Kate's family, like last year, when they had a whale of a time at the Middleton residence.
An inside source previously revealed, as per today's report in the Independent, "Christmas in previous years has been formal and duty-filled. Timetables and instructions were even handed out to guests! But Wills' Christmas with the Middletons last year made him realise how much more enjoyable the festive period could be and he's been campaigning with Kate to bring that informal flavour to the royal fold."
Apparently, Prince William is a big fan of "family entertainment" at Christmas time, and enjoys playing board games as well as singing and dancing, presumably after a few drinks.
"He's bought a lot of board games – the sillier the better. The idea is to play games like Pictionary and charades, which will bring people out of themselves. [His brother] Harry's even suggested bringing a [Nintendo] Wii console! He loves to dance and sing – especially after a few mulled wines – so there are some great games and karaoke competitions you can play."