Hello Royal Watchers,
I was quite sad to hear about Prince Philip being airlifted to hospital from Sandringham last night. The ninety year old Prince underwent a minimally invasive procedure to treat a blocked coronary artery. The Queen and their children have been to visit him. The press reported he had a good night'. Hopefully he might be able to return to Sandringham for the festivities. Such a sad event especially at Christmas. Wishing Prince Philip a quick and full recovery.
The Royals arriving at Papworth Hospital this morning
Duchess Kate and Prince Harry spent the afternoon watching Prince William playing football (wearing his Aston Villa socks :)) He played a great game and his team won. The younger royals did not visit Philip, I expect they did not want too much press surrounding the hospital.
William looking fit during the match.
The trio arrived at Sandringham before 4 p.m. It is royal protocol for junior royals to arrive first. They will then gather for tea and open presents. Kate reportedly bought Harry a 'grow your own girlfriend' kit :). The royals favour cheaper, fun gifts as opposed to expensive ones. They will then proceed to the hall for drinks. Next they return to their rooms for baths and a change of clothes. (Any of you who have seen Downton Abbey know the drill :))
Kate will then change into an evening gown for dinner. Afterwards the women enjoy a coffee while the men enjoy something stronger.
A list of the Royals attending.....
Tomorrow Kate has no less than five outfit changes. Christmas day begins with a full English breakfast, before Kate's first outing to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene for the annual service. The family will be greeted by at least a thousand well wishers. Upon their return it's lunchtime, Kate will reportedly be seated next to Harry as she's a newcomer and well.....Harry is simply fun to be around.
The Queen's speech takes place at 3 p.m. and will be focused on the importance of family. You can take a look at the preview here. In the afternoon it is a much more relaxed affair with the royals going for a walk or watching tv.
I would like to wish each and every one of you and your families a very happy and peaceful Christmas. I hope you're all spending it with loved ones and have a wonderful time. I look forward to another year of following Kate with all of you.
Unless new photos surface, See you in the morning :)