How King Charles is changing the royal family’s Christmas traditions

In just a few weeks, the Royal Family will gather for their annual Christmas celebrations at Sandringham, an annual event that involves everyone walking extremely slowly in fancy hats.

While the royals always spend Christmas at Sandringham (it’s a tradition!), apparently this year will be slightly different. Not just because it’s King Charles’ first time hosting, but because he’s making some major changes.

BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond tells OKAY! Magazine (through the Daily Mail) that Christmas with King Charles will be “less formal” and “less buttoned up” than in previous years. So what does this mean exactly?

In previous years, the royal family had to follow strict protocol during the holidays – greetings and bows included. But apparently Charles wants a more laid back vibe in 2022 and has even decided not to make everyone watch his speech. Instead, Charles will pre-record the annual address to the nation and wants his family to spend the day remembering the Queen.

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As Bond said, “I’m sure he’ll be recording a few days before and there’s bound to be some reflection on their loss.”

While some traditions are obviously changing, members of the Royal Family will take their traditional walk on the Sandringham estate and then return home for a Christmas meal. And since you’re probably wondering, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were invited to attend the family reunion, but are not expected to make the trip. What some experts think could be (at least in part) because their Netflix docuseries is slated to drop a few weeks before Christmas. More on this here:

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