Sun, 2 Dec, 2018
Duchess Kate’s mum Carole reveals what Christmas will be like at the Middletons
Carole Middleton has given royal fans a glimpse into how Prince William, Duchess Kate and their three adorable children will be spending Christmas Day this year.
In a new interview with the Telegraph, the 63-year-old grandma discussed the measures they take to ensure their £4.7million mansion in Bucklebury is looking festive.
To get Prince George, Princess Charlotte and now Prince Louis excited for Christmas, Carole likes to put several trees indoors, saying “she likes to have as many as possible in the house".
The royal grandchildren will also have their own tree in their room “so that they can decorate it themselves”.
Carole revealed that she also has one “fashionable” tree with a clear theme, another decorated with sentimental baubles from over the years and a final tree that the grandchildren can decorate however they want.
Kate’s mother also admitted that it takes a lot of planning to take care of everything in the lead up to the holidays, with the self-described “list-maker” saying that she began planning just after Halloween.
The Middleton family spend Christmas Day by attending church in the morning before going on a walk and then returning home to open up their presents together.
The clan will be served smoked salmon for lunch with champagne and then feast on a traditional Christmas dinner in the evening.
Since Carole turned flexitarian, there will also be vegan options for all their holiday meals.
Carole told the Telegraph: “I’ve recently gone vegan. Or maybe that should be flexitarian.
“If I go to someone’s house for dinner, I’m not going to make a fuss. For Christmas, I’d probably have two options – very traditional and something vegan.”
Carole also revealed that her three Christmas essentials are mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe.
Although the day takes a lot of effort, Carole said it’s important to remember what it is all about.
“Don’t get hung up on perfection. Often it’s the mistakes that make things memorable.”
Although her eldest grandson Prince George will be king one day, Carole described herself as a “normal” and “hands-on” grandmother, whose family comes first in her life.
Carole and husband Michael Middleton are also parents to Pippa, 35, and James, 31.