A break from tradition: King Charles will leave Sandringham for Birkhall shortly after Boxing Day rather than stay until February like his late mother
- King Charles will leave Sandringham in Norfolk for Scotland after Christmas
- His mother traditionally remained on the sprawling estate until February
- The late Queen loved to spend the anniversary of her father’s death at home
King Charles will head to Scotland after Christmas – breaking one of his mother’s oldest traditions.
Historically, the late Queen stayed at Sandringham after the Christmas celebrations until after her accession day on 6 February.
She loved to spend the anniversary of the death of her father, George VI, in 1952, and the day she ascended the throne, in quiet contemplation.
The former king died at the ‘Big House’ in Norfolk’s Sandringham County in his sleep at the age of 56.
King Charles will head to Scotland after Christmas – breaking one of his mother’s oldest traditions
Historically, the late Queen (pictured in 2017) stayed at Sandringham after Christmas celebrations until after her accession day on 6 February.
But it is understood Charles will continue with his current arrangements to spend as much of the festive season as possible at Birkhall, his Scottish home. He will travel there early in the new year and stay north of the border for several weeks.
Like the Queen, he would continue to work on his ‘red boxes’, which contained the official papers, and to deal with affairs of state every day except Christmas Day.
Sources have told The Mail he plans to maintain his normal routine.
And that will mean a much shorter Christmas season this year, with fewer royal buds.
King Charles leaving Windsor Castle before Christmas at Sandringham House for Christmas
However, it would still be one of the biggest Christmases at Sandringham for several years, with nearly a ‘house full’ of royals – minus, of course, Harry and Meghan.
The birthday party will all accompany the King and Queen Consort to the morning service at Sandringham Chapel on Christmas Day in a show of unity after a difficult year.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expected to bring their three children to church for the first time – Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and scene-stealing little Prince Louis.
It will be one of the biggest Christmases at Sandringham for several years, with nearly a “house full” of royals – minus, of course, Harry and Meghan. Pictured: The Royals in 2018
Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Mike and Zara Tindall are expected to be there
It is also believed that Camila’s daughter Laura Lopez will join the royal family along with her children.
Usually, the Queen leaves the Sandringham sanctuary on Boxing Day to join her children and grandchildren, with whom she is very close.
Prince Edward, Sophie, Countess of Wessex, Mike and Zara Tindall are expected to be there.
The scandalous Duke of York is expected to be joined by not only his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, but also his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, in what will be seen as an olive branch from the monarch to his brother. , who angered him by refusing to consider returning to official duties.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be thousands of miles away in the US with the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, following fresh attacks on the royal family in their controversial Netflix documentary series, Harry & Meghan.
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