King will make solemn and reflective’ tribute to Queen on Christmas Day during family gathering

This Christmas will mark a series of firsts for members of the royal family.

Not only will it be their first without the late Queen, who sadly passed away in September, but it will also see King Charles address the nation to give his first Christmas Day speech.

And royal author Jeremy Archer believes Charles will make his beloved mother the focus of his speech.

“I’m quite sure he’ll spend as much time talking about his mother as he does about everything else,” says the author of A Royal Christmas.

“He’ll talk about how positive she was and how inclusive she was. It will be solemn and reflective, but it will show gratitude for her reign, her life and all the things she’s achieved.”

But the sight of Queen Elizabeth II sharing her thoughts on the previous 12 months and her hopes for the year ahead will be no doubt be missed by many as it was a staple of Christmas Day for the last seven decades.

As for how the royals family's first Christmas without the Queen may look, Jeremy says that while it may be different, he doesn’t think there will be too many changes just yet.

He told us: “It is going to be different, but Christmas at Sandringham works well for the family.

"Unlike Windsor and Buckingham Palace, it’s a sporting venue and fits in well with their traditional Boxing Day shoot.

“The Prince of Wales has his house, Anmer Hall, quite close by, so it wouldn’t inconvenience him and Kate.”

Jeremy believes William and Kate will spend Christmas with Charles and his wife Queen Consort Camilla, but see in the New Year with Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton.

For decades the royals have attended the Christmas Day service at Sandringham’s St Mary Magdalene Church. The 11am service is a private affair, but the royals arriving at the church is widely photographed.

It’s also believed that Sarah Ferguson is set to be invited to Christmas with the royal family for the first time in 30 years – following her infamous ‘toe-sucking’ scandal.

Fergie has not spent a Christmas Eve or Day at the Norfolk retreat, where The Firm traditionally celebrates the festive period, since splitting with the Duke of York in 1992.

It is understood she was banned from attending royal family gatherings after she was caught on camera having her toe sucked by financial adviser John Bryan the same year.

But a Sandringham source told The Sun that a five bedroom farm house is being readied for Sarah and Princess Andrew, 62, who will be joined by daughters Beatrice, 34 and Eugenie, 32 – along with their own husbands and young children.


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