Many people will be hitting the High Street this weekend to load up on Christmas presents for their families. But ahead of Kate Middleton spending her first Christmas at Sandringham with the royals, she opted to give the Queen a much more personal present
The Christmas shopping season is well underway with people across the country searching for the perfect gifts for their loved ones.
But it’s not always an easy task – just ask the Duchess of Cambridge, who found herself in a pickle over what to buy the Queen during her first Christmas at Sandringham.
However, rather than hitting the High Street or furiously searching online, Kate came up with an idea for a more personal homemade gift – and it appears it went down very well with Her Majesty.
Speaking in a documentary to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday, Kate revealed what the thoughtful gift was.
She explained: “I can remember being at Sandringham, for the first time, at Christmas. And I was worried what to give the Queen as her Christmas present.
“I was thinking, ‘Gosh, what should I give her?’
“I thought back to what I would give my own grandparents.
“And I thought, ‘I’ll make her something,’ which could have gone horribly wrong. But I decided to make my granny’s recipe for chutney.
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“I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table.
“I think such a simple gesture went such a long way for me and I’ve noticed since she’s done that on lots of occasions and I think it just shows her thoughtfulness, really, and her care in looking after everybody.”
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Meanwhile, when it comes to buying presents for her children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, one royal expert says Kate and husband Prince William will make sure their youngsters aren’t too spoiled”.
Author Duncan Larcombe says the family will be celebrating Christmas as a family of five as well as joining the more formal festivities at Sandringham with William’s family and spending time with Kate’s family.
He told OK! : “I think we’re looking at three Christmases rolled into one for William and Kate and their children.
“There will be Christmas on their own with their kids, the more formal celebrations at Sandringham with William’s family and then time with Kate’s family, the Middletons.
“But something we know for sure about William and Kate is that they want their children to feel normal and so they certainly won’t be lavishing them with expensive gifts, that’s for certain. They won’t let them be spoiled.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.