- (Photo: Reuters/Michael Middleton/The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge)
Prince George and his parents are continuing to break new ground in the royal life. Queen Elizabeth has asked George's maternal grandparents, the Middletons, to join the royal family at Sandringham so the boy can spend his first Christmas with both sets of grandparents.
"This year's celebrations are set to be extra special after Prince George's arrival," a royal source told The Sun. "What better way to mark such a magical year than by having the whole family present? Kate is very close to her family. Any child's first Christmas is one no grandparent would want to miss."
This year will be extra special, as William and Kate will rejoin his family for the festivities. Last year, the couple spent the holidays with Kate's family since she was pregnant and ordered to keep the celebration "low key." Now the whole family will be reunited, with Prince Harry also returning to Sandringham for the holidays; he was stationed in Afghanistan last year.
It's one of the first times that Queen Elizabeth has opened the doors to Sandringham, especially during the holiday season. However, the Middletons have been quite close with the royal family ever since Kate and William's engagement. The Middletons were the first to visit the new parents at the hospital, followed soon after by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla.
Prince William is fond of his in-laws and enjoys spending as much time as possible with them. This will also be one of the first times that the whole family has been together since Prince George's birth. They will all be together again next month for the baby's christening, though the guest list is considerably smaller. Several of William's aunts and uncles have been left off the list, as have cousins.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie will be in attendance at Sandringham, as will Zara Phillips and her husband, who are expecting a child soon. The royals like to celebrate the holidays in a unique way, purchasing gag or novelty gifts for one another instead of traditional presents.