Kate Middleton and Prince William’s Christmas Plans Could Be Canceled Due to New COVID-19 Crisis
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Kate Middleton and Prince William may have to change their Christmas plans after tough COVID-19 restrictions were imposed on much of England due to an infectious new strain of coronavirus in the UK.
After it was revealed that Queen Elizabeth had canceled the royal family's annual Christmas party at their Sandringham estate, speculation was raised that Kate, William and their three children - Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5 and Prince Louis, 2 - would ring on vacation with Kate's family in Bucklebury, Berkshire.
But Berkshire, where Mike and Carole Middleton live, and London, where Kate's sister Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews live, have now been locked into Tier 4, banning all households from mixing and staying overnight from home. A travel ban has also been introduced without having to leave or enter the Tier 4 regions.
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It would have been the first time in years that the entire Middleton family would celebrate Christmas together, as William and Kate spent the last couple of vacations with the royal family.
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William, Kate and the children spent much of the pandemic at their Amner Hall country home in Norfolk and are believed to be staying there for the holidays. Norfolk is in Tier 2, which means they can only support two other households on Christmas Day, but those people must also live in Tier 2 regions.
Earlier this month, William spoke of his family's frustrations about how they will be spending the vacation.
"It's so difficult. We're still trying to make plans," he said. "It's difficult to know what to do best."
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Queen Elizabeth, 94, canceled her regular trip to Sandringham for Christmas. Instead, she and her husband Prince Philip, 99, are staying at Windsor Castle, where they have spent much of their time in quarantine since March.
A royal source told PEOPLE: "You are fortunate enough to have Christmas with your family every year, but you understand that your family will have competing demands over the Christmas season and are content to have a quiet holiday season this year." "
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