KATE MID­DLE­TON

DE­SPITE HER MANY ROYAL OBLI­GA­TIONS, THE DUCHESS WORKS HARD TO MAKE HOL­I­DAY MAGIC FOR HER FAM­ILY

Closer Weekly - - Contents - — Louise A. Barile, with re­port­ing by Natalie Pos­ner

How the duchess is mak­ing sure her fam­ily gets the full royal treat­ment for the hol­i­days.

Long be­fore Prince Ge­orge’s and Princess Char­lotte’s schools let out for the hol­i­day re­cess, prepa­ra­tions have be­gun at An­mer Hall for the ar­rival of Kate Mid­dle­ton, Prince Wil­liam and their chil­dren. The staff dec­o­rates with fes­tive gar­land and twin­kle lights and stocks the pantry with ev­ery­thing that Kate could need to bake Christ­mas treats. By the time the fam­ily ar­rives at their coun­try home, it blazes with cheer ready to wel­come guests.

A TIME FOR FAM­ILY

Though Christ­mas Eve and Day will be taken up with pomp and pageantry, Kate, 36, feels it’s im­por­tant to re-cre­ate the sim­pler hol­i­day tra­di­tions she grew up with for Ge­orge, 5, Char­lotte, 3, and Louis, 8 months. “She has al­ready taken Ge­orge and Char­lotte shop­ping to buy gifts for each other and their lit­tle brother, Louis,” says an in­sider.

In the days lead­ing up to Santa’s ar­rival, she plans to bake home­made cook­ies. “She usu­ally lim­its Ge­orge and Char­lotte’s sweets in­take, but this year she’ll be sur­pris­ing them with mini stock­ings full of treats,” says the in­sider. “Ge­orge loves sweets!”

A few days be­fore Christ­mas, Wil­liam, Kate and the kids will sit down to an in­ti­mate din­ner to cel­e­brate the sea­son. “Kate is sur­pris­ing her fam­ily with a spe­cial home-cooked meal,” says the in­sider, who adds that the kids will help her cook. “They love get­ting their hands messy!”

Kate, Wil­liam and their brood may also be joined by Prince Harry, 34, and his bride, Meghan Markle, 37, who — de­spite ru­mors of a rift — are ex­pected to be house­guests at An­mer Hall over the hol­i­day. “Christ­mas,” says the in­sider, “is re­ally a big fam­ily af­fair for the roy­als.”

“The chil­dren still be­lieve in Santa Claus.” — a roy­als in­sider

On Christ­mas Eve, the royal fam­ily will gather to ex­change small gifts and dine to­gether.

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