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Inside the Royal Family’s First Christmas Without Queen Elizabeth: ‘It Will Be Hard

Together at Christmas Carol service

Together at Christmas Carol service

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After two years of celebrating the holidays separately due to the coronavirus pandemic, Christmas for the British royal family will return to normality — complete with gathering at Sandringham, exchanging gag gifts on Christmas Eve and walking to church on Christmas morning.

하지만, they will be missing their matriarch, 엘리자베스 여왕.

As King Charles III, Queen Camilla and the royals mark the first holiday season since the history-making monarch’s death in September, she will be largely on their minds.

It will be hard, as the Queen was all they knew, like most of Britain,” a former palace staffer tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

The former member of the Queen’s staff adds, “The first year is most difficult, as it is always the first of everything that you notice.

Queen's Christmas Day broadcast

Queen's Christmas Day broadcast

엘리자베스 여왕'NS 2021 크리스마스 연설.
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The family holiday — which will likely be attended by Charlessiblings and their families as well as Prince William, 케이트 미들턴 and their three children — also comes on the heels of 메건 마클 그리고 해리 왕자'NS Netflix series, in which they detailed the hardships of royal life, including the Duke of Sussex’s recollection of the Sandringham Summit.

I have such happy memories of Sandringham — it was where we spent every Christmas — and now I was back there in very different circumstances,” Harry said of the meeting with grandmother 엘리자베스 여왕, father then-찰스 왕세자 and brother 윌리엄 왕자 after the couple announced their decision to step back from their working royal roles.

해리 왕자 and Meghan are not expected to join the family for Christmas in the U.K.

The royals are also bracing for the release of Harry’s memoir — Spare, coming out in January — and what details he’ll share about life inthe firm.

It is not straightforward and clear cut — some of the issues [메건과 해리] have raised are important, and I think both sides probably recognize that,” says a close royal insider, adding that positive change is possible butwill only happen if there is a conversation.

<a href="https://people.com/tag/prince-harry/" data-inlink="true">해리 왕자</a> 그리고 <a href="https://people.com/tag/meghan-markle/" data-inlink="true">메건 마클</a>, Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of <a href="https://people.com/tag/queen-elizabeth/" data-inlink="true">엘리자베NS 여왕</a> II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 금요일, 6 월 3, 2022 on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate the monarch's 70 years of service

<a href="https://people.com/tag/prince-harry/" data-inlink="true">해리 왕자</a> 그리고 <a href="https://people.com/tag/meghan-markle/" data-inlink="true">메건 마클</a>, Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave after a service of thanksgiving for the reign of <a href="https://people.com/tag/queen-elizabeth/" data-inlink="true">엘리자베NS 여왕</a> II at St Paul's Cathedral in London, 금요일, 6 월 3, 2022 on the second of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee. The events over a long holiday weekend in the U.K. are meant to celebrate the monarch's 70 years of service

메건 마클 그리고 해리 왕자.
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King Charles will likely reflect on the death of his mother in his speech, continuing the tradition of the monarch’s Christmas broadcast, which airs every holiday at 3 오후. 현지 시각.

Says the former palace staffer, “That will resonate with a lot of people who have lost loved ones this year.

기억 엘리자베스 여왕 was also a large part of Kate’s second annual Christmas carol concert at Westminster Abbey on Thursday, an event that will be televised on Christmas Eve.

This carol service is dedicated to Her Majesty 엘리자베스 여왕 II, and to all those who are sadly no longer with us. Her Late Majesty’s strongly held values of duty, compassion and faith have guided the creation of this service,” a message inside the program for 로얄 캐롤: 크리스마스에 함께 읽다.

Together at Christmas Carol service

Together at Christmas Carol service

윌리엄 왕자, 샬럿 공주, 프린스 조지 그리고 케이트 미들턴.
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As the service began, a film played highlighting how the late Queen was at the heart of Christmas Day for so many people, 그리고 윌리엄 왕자 read part of his late grandmother’s Christmas broadcast ~에서 2012.

웨일스의 왕자와 공주’ 트위터 account posted festive photos of Paddington Bear ornaments in a tree. 엘리자베스 여왕 became closely associated with Paddington Bear after appearing in a 들뜬 촌극 with the beloved character that aired during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. When she died, ~ 위에 1,000 Paddingtons and teddy bears were left by the public outside her royal residences.

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에도 불구하고 엘리자베스 여왕‘s absence, longstanding traditions will be kept, including gathering at the late monarch’s beloved country estate in Norfolk for the holiday.

Charles has always been very, very fond of Sandringham,” says royal biographer Ingrid Seward. “Christmas within any family is always about tradition. He will keep it the same as it ever was.

And Queen Camilla will play a big role in hosting the festivities, despite leaving to spend time with her own children and grandchildren in years past.

Seward says Camillawill be a real presence” — “she can’t have him hosting his first Christmas on his own.