King Charles will be celebrating his first Christmas as the new British monarch. And he’s expected to make some changes to some of the royal family’s Christmas traditions under Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
King Charles Will Take Down The Christmas Decorations In Early January, Not February?
According to the Royal Collection Trust, King Charles will be taking down all Christmas decorations in January following the holiday festivities. Prior to the queen’s death, the Christmas decors were only removed sometime in February after King George VI’s birthday on Feb. 6.
Former royal butler Grant Harrold also thinks that King Charles won’t likely keep the Christmas decorations for very long.
“The interesting bit will be that the queen famously stayed at Sandringham and the decorations apparently stayed up until she left, but I don’t see the king doing that. I think it will [be difficult]. The queen and Prince Philip loved Christmas. It was all about the family, getting together, and celebrating. I think they’ll want to get together for her memory,” he told Express.
King Charles Keen To Invite Prince Harry And Meghan Markle To The Royal Family’s Christmas?
Harrold also weighed in on the ongoing discussions as to whether King Charles would invite Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to attend the royal family’s Christmas celebration in Sandringham this month. He said that the Duke of Sussex will most certainly receive an invitation from his father.
However, Harrold doesn’t think that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex would be there.
“I think for the late queen’s sake, it would be nice for them to get together to remember her for one last time. I knew Harry well and I knew how close he was to his grandmother,” he said.
Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Will Decline King Charles’ Christmas Invitation?
While speaking with The Sun, royal expert Robert Jobson said that King Charles wants to present a unified family this Christmas, that’s why he will invite Prince Harry and Markle to join everyone in Sandringham. But just like Harrold, Jobson thinks that the couple would decline his invitation.
“His major problem this Christmas is not going to be anyone sitting around the table on December 25 but the two people who will be missing — Harry and Meghan. Charles has tried to forgive them — he would love to be able to end the friction — but contact with them has been limited,” he said.
King Charles is also expected to give his first Christmas speech since the queen’s passing. Throughout the past couple of decades, Her Majesty was tasked with addressing the nation during this festive season.
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