IT’S an exciting week for Prince George and Princess Charlotte as they prepare to start their Christmas holidays.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest children will finish school for the festive season on Friday afternoon as the royal youngsters are treated to a half day to mark the end of term. The young royals, who attend St Thomas’s in Battersea, were amongst the lucky ones as their holidays began a week earlier than in most schools who normally break up on December 18.
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have almost four weeks off, returning on January 6.
George and Charlotte, aged seven and five, will spend Christmas with younger sibling Louis and their parents Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, who are currently on a 48-hour tour of the UK.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge started off on their three-day journey across England, Wales, and Scotland on Sunday evening and they plan on paying tribute to frontline workers before the Christmas holidays.
The couple arrived in Edinburgh late on Sunday evening and spent the first half of Monday visiting frontline workers of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a three-day visit to spread Christmas cheer (Image: PA)
After the visit, they travelled to Holy Trinity First School in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, where they arranged a special treat for the schoolchildren – a visit from three reindeers – in a bid of spreading a little of holiday cheer.
The school’s 175 pupils, some wearing antlers and some Santa hats – sang and waved as the Royal couple arrived.
It is understood Kate and William will take their children to Bucklebury to spend the day with Kate’s family at some point during the relaxed Christmas period.
Carole Middleton, Kate’s mother, earlier revealed on Instagram her grandchildren will still be helping to decorate their Christmas tree but via video call this year.
The Royal couple wanted to thank frontline workers ahead of Christmas (Image: PA)
She said: “We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas.
“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.
The Royal family will not be spending Christmas together due to the pandemic (Image: Getty)
“It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!”
The Royal Family will not be spending Christmas together collectively due to coronavirus with restrictions preventing more than three households from mixing indoors.
The Queen and Prince Philip will be spending their holidays at Windsor Castle instead of their usual trip to Sandringham.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla will be based at their Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire for Christmas Day.
However, a Palace source claims they will “expect to have a chance to see the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor at some point”.
Prince Harry, Meghan and son Archie will be at their new home in California and are unable to travel due to the pandemic.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK