King Charles’ huge festive celebrations including royal guestlistDecember 17, 2022
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla are set to host one of the biggest gatherings of the royal family at Christmas in years.
It will be the family’s first Christmas since the death of The Queen, who passed away in September at the age of 96. Her Majesty hosted Christmas for her family and addressed the nation with her festive message on Christmas Day for the last seven decades.
According to The Sun, Charles and his wife Camilla, who recently unveiled their 2022 Christmas card, are said to have invited a huge number of members of the royal family to Sandringham for their celebrations.
The guestlist is said to include the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, but Charles’ other son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will not be in attendance.
Royal expert Katie Nicholl, author of The New Royals, told OK! that Harry and Meghan were invited to spend Christmas with the family but they have decided to spend the festive season in the US where they live.
Earlier in the week the couple dropped a series of bombshells about the royal family in their Netflix docuseries Harry & Meghan, including Harry claiming William “screamed and shouted” at him and Charles lied during a meeting about Megxit at Sandringham.
Also believed to be in attendance for the Christmas festivities are Prince Andrew, 62, and his former wife Sarah Ferguson, 63, who is said to have had her first invite for years, as well as their children Princesses Beatrice, 34, and Eugenie, 32, with their husbands and children.
The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Lady Louise Windsor, 19, and James, Viscount Severn, 15, have been invited, too, along with Camilla’s son Tom Parker Bowles, 47, and her daughter Laura Lopes, 44, for the first time.
I’m A Celebrity star Mike Tindall, 44, who finished fourth on the ITV reality show, is also expected to be at Sandringham with his wife Zara Tindall, 41, and their three children – Mia, eight, Lena, four, and Lucas, one.
Zara's brother Peter Phillips, 45, will also be there with his daughters Savannah, 11, and Isla, 10, along with his and Zara's mother Princess Anne and her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
A royal expert recently told OK! that the celebrations won’t be as formal as when the Queen was in charge of hosting Christmas.
"I suspect it will be less formal. It’ll be a bit less buttoned up," former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond told us.
But she added: "It will be full of nostalgia and some good measure of sadness. There’s going to be that empty place where the Queen sat.
"I presume Charles will not sit there unless they choose to leave it empty. It will have all the usual traditions of a Sandringham gathering. The family will gather but they’ll be lacking their matriarch.
"It’s always a sad time when you have your first Christmas without the main person.”
OK! has contacted Harry and Meghan's representatives for comment.
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