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Festive Events — Church
Festive Events — Church
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Kate wore her L.K. Bennett coat for a charity visit to Copenhagen, Denmark, but a splash of holly-berry red would be perfect for a Christmas Day service.

Vietnam
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William attended the conference on the illegal wildlife trade in Hanoi, and while he was there, he gave a speech, was interviewed on TV, met with young conservationists, and visited a school — where he even found time for a quick football match.

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India
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That same month, the Cambridges headed off on a whistle-stop five-day tour which included visiting the slums of Mumbai and the street children of Delhi, Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Taj Mahal.

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Germany
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In August, William headed to Germany to mark the 70th anniversary of North Rhine-Westphalia — a German state with strong links to the UK. He met German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the first time, gave a speech, and met military families.

Canada
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All four Cambridges headed to Canada for a week-long tour in September. The family attended a tea party together, while William and Kate visited the rain forest, traveled to remote islands, and met with mothers battling addiction in Downtown Eastside Vancouver.

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Bhutan
Bhutan
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During their two days here, they met with King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Jetsun Pema of Bhutan, tried a spot of archery, and hiked in the Himalayas.

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When Kate and Will Stole a Sweet Moment Together
When Kate and Will Stole a Sweet Moment Together
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Pay Attention to Details and Accessorize With a Bold Necklace
Pay Attention to Details and Accessorize With a Bold Necklace
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Open Presents Later in the Day
Open Presents Later in the Day
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Last year, Prince William gave an interview in The Big Issue where he said that George would open his presents after he and Kate returned from church. This seems to be a compromise between the royal way — opening them on Christmas Eve — and the Middleton way — opening them on Christmas Day evening.

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Choose Local Produce
Choose Local Produce
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William and Kate's turkey will be from the Sandringham estate, which is no surprise since they are known to champion local produce — their wedding breakfast featured vegetables from Prince Charles's estate, Highgrove, and the wine was from Kent.

Get Physical
Get Physical
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The couple is both active and outdoorsy, and that doesn't stop over the festive season. Kate's uncle Gary Goldsmith has said that a big part of a Middleton Christmas is going on an epic walk, which is also how many members of the royal family spend their Christmas afternoon. In 2009, Kate and her brother, James, were spotted playing tennis on Christmas Day, and William usually plays soccer with workers from the Sandringham estate on Christmas Eve.

Church It Up
Church It Up
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Speaking of church, all the royals are up and out early for their first service of the day at 9 a.m., a private and low-key gathering where the queen takes communion. They then pop back to Sandringham for breakfast and a quick change before attending the public service at 11 a.m. in their hats and finery. But it doesn't stop there — in 2014 Kate also took George to a children's church event in the run-up to Christmas, where he decorated a lantern.

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Go Glitzy on Christmas Eve
Go Glitzy on Christmas Eve
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Although William and Kate now have their Christmas dinner with the Middletons, they still spend Christmas Eve at Sandringham, where the family opens their gag gifts before sitting down to a three-course candlelit dinner with a black-tie dress code.

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Make Sure Both Families Get to Spend Quality Time With You
Make Sure Both Families Get to Spend Quality Time With You
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William and Kate have always been keen to split their time between the Middletons and the royal family. For their first married Christmas in 2011, they went royal and stayed with the queen at Sandringham, but for their second — when Kate was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum in the early stages of her pregnancy with Prince George — the couple spent the festive season in Berkshire with Kate's family. In year three, it was back to Sandringham, but ever since they moved into their nearby property Anmer Hall, they have split the day in half, attending church with the royal family in the morning before returning to Anmer for lunch with Kate's family.

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Give Something Back
Give Something Back
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It's not all about gifts and goodies for the royals during the festive season — their holiday cards are printed on recycled paper, and they attend charity engagements up until Christmas. Kate has visited a children's hospice, an Action on Addiction training center, and an educational music company during the month of December, while before their first Christmas as a married couple, she and William spent time at a homeless shelter, where they helped make Christmas cookies.

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Go Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Go Walking in a Winter Wonderland
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Two years ago, Kate took George to Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park, where they spent an hour in Santa Land and rode the teacups. A week later, William and Kate took George to a Christmas show in the nearby village of Thursford, where they queued in line to get a present from Father Christmas. Now that Princess Charlotte is old enough to understand what's going on a bit better, we could well hear about the family doing something similar in the coming weeks.

Don't Be Too Matchy-Matchy With Your Decor and Use Lots of Lights
Don't Be Too Matchy-Matchy With Your Decor and Use Lots of Lights
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Pippa has revealed that the typical Middleton Christmas decorations are very mix and match — ornaments come from different places and all have stories attached. And Carole believes it's not possible to have too many lights . . .

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Get Crafty
Get Crafty
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Kate grew up making her own Christmas cards, crafting paper chains, and baking peppermint creams, so it's guaranteed that Prince George and Princess Charlotte will be getting busy this festive season, especially since the duchess's mom, Carole Middleton, said in an interview last year, "All children like baking." Kate has also been known to make her own jams and chutneys, famously giving the queen a jar of handmade jam at her first royal Christmas.

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. . . But Not Too Many Presents
. . . But Not Too Many Presents
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Shortly after Prince George's third birthday, William said he "got too many things. He's far too spoilt." It's therefore likely that William and Kate will try to place more emphasis on the importance of family and enjoying time together rather than presents.

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Opt For Artisanal and Vintage Presents
Opt For Artisanal and Vintage Presents
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Last year it was reported that William and Kate gave Prince George and Princess Charlotte a solid oak handmade seesaw with carved horse heads on either end, and George also received a vintage train set. Over the years, William has bought Kate customized and vintage jewelry, while Carole and Michael Middleton gifted the couple with an engraved wooden swing.

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Start the Preparations Early
Start the Preparations Early
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The royals and the Middletons both start their festive planning well in advance to ensure minimum stress. Pippa Middleton has spoken about spreading Christmas shopping out over a long period of time, while the queen signs her Christmas cards in the Summer — and Kate is equally organized. This means that the closer they get to Christmas Day, the less they have to worry about. Kate proved this when she was spotted picking up a wipeable tablecloth and a few last-minute bits and pieces on a shopping trip in London last Dec. 14.

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