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Kate Middleton's mum hints at royal grandchildren's 'sweet excitement' over Santa

The 65-year-old said children enjoy giving Father Christmas gifts on Instagram. It follows a similar post in which she revealed plans for Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis to decorate her Christmas tree via zoom.

Mrs Middleton also suggested cousins in different households “might enjoy organising their goodies for Santa together over a video call”.

Carole, who lives with husband Michael, 71, at Bucklebury Manor in Berkshire, wrote to followers of her celebration company Party Pieces on Instagram.

She said: “Christmas Eve has always been a special occasion for my family.

"Children get sweetly excited by the idea that Father Christmas is coming, and really want to give him something - and he’ll really appreciate our new Christmas Eve sets and boxes.

 Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge (Image: Getty)

 Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton

Carole Middleton and Michael Middleton (Image: Getty)

“If you’re planning a virtual Christmas, cousins in different households might enjoy organising their goodies for Santa together over a video call.”

The Queen, 94, and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, have announced they will have a quiet Christmas at Windsor Castle instead of traveling to their Sandringham estate in Norfolk as they usually do.

It means a break in traditions for the first time since 1987.

The pair, who celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary in November, spent the lockdown periods at Windsor Castle.

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Prince Louis of Cam

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis (Image: Getty)

A spokesperson for Buckingham Palace said: “Having considered all the appropriate advice, the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor.”

It is unknown whether Prince William, Kate Middleton, both 38, and the children will join Carole and Michael for Christmas.

In a previous post on Instagram, Mrs Middleton revealed how her royal grandchildren and Pippa Middleton’s son, Arthur Matthews, two, help decorate her tree.

She wrote: “We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas.

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Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Princess Charlotte and Prince George (Image: Getty)

 Queen Elizabeth II attends the National Service of Remembrance

Queen Elizabeth II attends the National Service of Remembrance (Image: Getty)

“For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected.

“I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree.

“This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!”

The Government has announced plans to temporarily relax coronavirus restrictions for five days over the Christmas period.

Michael and Carole Middleton

Michael and Carole Middleton at Wimbledon 2019 (Image: Getty)

Three households will be allowed to gather to celebrate together from December 23 to 27.

The Prime Minister has said the rules are for guidance, adding that families would still have to make a "personal judgement" about whether it would be sensible to bubble with others.

The Government has issued a warning about New Year’s Eve, writing on its website: "You must follow the rules on where you can go and who you can meet, including on New Year’s Eve.

"Your Christmas bubble will no longer apply."

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