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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.

然而, they will be missing their matriarch, 伊丽莎白女王.

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

伊丽莎白女王的 2021 Christmas speech.
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The family holiday — which will likely be attended by Charlessiblings and their families as well as Prince William, 凯特·米德尔顿 and their three children — also comes on the heels of 梅根马克尔哈里王子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 伊丽莎白女王, father then-查尔斯王子 and brother 威廉王子 after the couple announced their decision to step back from their working royal roles.

哈里王子 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 [梅根和哈里] 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.

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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 下午. 当地时间.

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

记住 伊丽莎白女王 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 伊丽莎白女王 二, 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 皇家颂歌: 一起过圣诞节 读.

Together at Christmas Carol service

Together at Christmas Carol service

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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, 和 威廉王子 read part of his late grandmother’s Christmas broadcast 从 2012.

The Prince and Princess of Wales推特 account posted festive photos of Paddington Bear ornaments in a tree. 伊丽莎白女王 became closely associated with Paddington Bear after appearing in a hilarious skit with the beloved character that aired during her Platinum Jubilee celebrations in June. When she died, 超过 1,000 Paddingtons and teddy bears were left by the public outside her royal residences.

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尽管 伊丽莎白女王缺席, 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.