Given the limitations of the traditional Christmas festival at Sandringham House, this year there is also an opportunity for royals to celebrate the holidays differently with relatives outside the royal family.
In the meantime, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will travel many roads as their short train tour will total 1,250 miles, including a stop in Reading on Tuesday to meet nurses at the Royal Berkshire Hospital – the hospital where Middleton was born in 1982.
“The Duke and Duchess look forward to highlighting the incredible work that has been done across the country in this difficult year,” said a Kensington Palace spokesman, “and expressing their gratitude on behalf of the nation to all share those who support their local communities before the Christmas holidays. “
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