King Charles III will host Christmas at Sandringham House for his entire family

King Charles III will spend Christmas Day at Sandringham this year, following in his mother’s footsteps, marking a return to the royal family’s traditional Christmas at the Norfolk estate.

The 74-year-old monarch and queen consort are expected to join their wider family as they mark their first festive season without the late queen.

It follows a two-year break, when, due to the Covid pandemic, Her Majesty spent the term at Windsor Castle two years in a row, the first with the Duke of Edinburgh, separated from his wider family in lockdown.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the royals have decided to travel to Sandringham House, where Queen Elizabeth II has hosted her family over the festive period over the decades, for a moving first Christmas since her accession to the throne.

The 74-year-old monarch and queen consort are expected to join their wider family as they mark their first festive season without the late queen.

The 74-year-old monarch and queen consort are expected to join their wider family as they mark their first festive season without the late queen.

Royal Christmases typically include a morning trip to St. Mary Magdalene Church, greetings from well-wishers, and a family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings.  (L-R) Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne, Princess Charlotte and the Princess of Wales at St Mary Magdalene Church in 2019

Royal Christmases typically include a morning trip to St. Mary Magdalene Church, greetings from well-wishers, and a family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings. (L-R) Charles, Prince William, Princess Anne, Princess Charlotte and the Princess of Wales at St Mary Magdalene Church in 2019

Royal Christmases typically include a morning trip to St. Mary Magdalene Church, greetings from well-wishers, and a family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings.

The Prince and Princess of Wales, along with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are often among the assembled guests.

Charles is also gearing up to pre-record his historic first Christmas broadcast as monarch, when he will no doubt reflect on the loss of his mother and his legacy.

Traditionally, members of the royal family sit down to watch the televised speech when it airs after lunch, usually at 3pm on December 25.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the royals have decided to travel to Sandringham House (pictured), where Queen Elizabeth II has hosted her family over the festive period over the decades.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the royals have decided to travel to Sandringham House (pictured), where Queen Elizabeth II has hosted her family over the festive period over the decades.

Meanwhile, Windsor Castle has been transformed and ready for Christmas, with a 20ft tree in St George’s Hall decorated with 3,000 lights and hundreds of royal purple ribbons.

A team of four Royal Collection Trust employees took two days to dress up the festive trees at the Berkshire royal residence.

Tourists visiting the State Apartments will see the rooms transformed with glowing trees, twinkling lights and festive garlands.

A handmade angel sits on top of St George’s Hall’s towering Nordmann Fir, which was sourced from nearby Windsor Great Park.

The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured with Charles in 2019), along with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are often among the assembled guests.

The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured with Charles in 2019), along with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, are often among the assembled guests.

Traditionally, members of the royal family sit down to watch the televised speech (pictured in 2021) when it airs after lunch, usually at 3pm on December 25.

Traditionally, members of the royal family sit down to watch the televised speech (pictured in 2021) when it airs after lunch, usually at 3pm on December 25.

The Christmas color scheme at the castle was chosen by curators from the Royal Collection Trust together with the exhibitions team, and this year the central tree features purple velvet and satin ribbons and dozens of jewel-like decorations.

It comes as a video from earlier this month showing a Christmas tree being dragged to Sandringham House, as it began to prepare for the year’s festivities.

Images posted by the Norfolk home on Instagram showed a crane lifting the tree before lowering it onto the grounds of the field.

The text of the video read: “The team have been preparing and putting up the big Christmas tree in the courtyard today ahead of the @luminateuk launch this weekend.”

The tree was installed days after the King traveled to Sandringham for the first time since his mother's death on September 8.  William and Kate pictured receiving floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House this September

The tree was installed days after the King traveled to Sandringham for the first time since his mother’s death on September 8. William and Kate pictured receiving floral tributes left by members of the public at the gates of Sandringham House this September

The tree was installed days after the King traveled to Sandringham, where the Royal Family have spent their Christmases since the 1980s, for the first time since his mother’s death on September 8.

The Windsor Castle Christmas decorations will be on display from November 24, 2022 to January 2, 2023. The decorations at Holyrood Palace will be available from December 1, 2022 to January 2, 2023.’

Meanwhile, in February this year, the late Queen had made guests laugh as she joked about cutting a cake during a special reception ahead of her Platinum Jubilee, with attendees saying she was in “brilliant” form.

Becoming the first British sovereign to reach a historic 70 years on the throne, she joined members of the local community in the Sandringham House ballroom to mark her milestone.

The monarch wore a blue Angela Kelly wedgwood crepe with a white brocade gown, and also a pair of sparkling platinum floral brooches to mark her namesake jubilee, with a nod to her beloved Duke of Edinburgh.

The Nizam of Hyderabad Rose brooches, embellished with diamonds and set in the silver-white metal, were given to her as a wedding gift when she married Philip.

The Queen, who was beaming with joy at all times, also carried her signature black bag and a wooden cane.

During the event, Her Majesty was given a locally baked cake and a large knife and asked to cut the first slice.

Plunging the blade in, he made guests laugh when he quipped, “I think I might put the knife in it.” Her Majesty then quipped, ‘Someone else can do the rest.’

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