It's time to deck the palace's halls! After being forced to celebrate Christmas separately in 2020 due to the Coronavirus, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their three kids are looking forward to spending the holiday with Queen Elizabeth this year at the Sandringham estate.
"It’s going to be a big family affair," an Us Weekly source declared. "George, Charlotte and Louis are absolutely delighted to be seeing their great grandmother in person again."
In fact, the source claimed that the kids — who are aged 8, 6, and 3, respectively — "spent hours picking out their own festive gifts for [the Queen], and Charlotte and George made her paintings of The Christmas Story in art class at school."
The news comes just after the Cambridges released their annual Christmas card. A statement revealed that the card's photograph was taken in Jordan earlier this year.
Meanwhile, the parents-of-three are more excited about what's to come in 2022.
"[William and Kate] are looking forward to starting fresh in the New Year. We’ll be seeing a transition of responsibility — they’re taking on additional charity work, attending more events and making appearances," the source shared. "There’s even a royal tour in the works, and of course they’re heavily involved in the Platinum Jubilee."
The couple's decision to take on more royal duties comes after a difficult year for the Queen, who experienced a few health woes and lost her husband, Prince Philip, in April.
However, some believe that it's still important for the matriarch to show that she's in control.
"Courtiers need the Queen to be shipshape and ready for action (by which I mean, waving and occasionally smiling) in 2022 to lead this PR charge, to project family unity and continuity and to add some much needed dignity to proceedings," expert Daniela Elser wrote for News.com.au.
Added Elser, "In short: There will be an even greater need for the Queen to be front and center in the coming year to keep the royal brand from being submerged by the oncoming tide of negative press."