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After a year like no other, Christmas is set to look very different too. Even the Royal Family are facing the prospect of a strange festive season, with the traditional Christmas Day at Sandringham off the cards and the Queen and Prince Philip spending the holiday ‘quietly’ at Windsor.

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Under the special government guidelines imposed for Christmas, however, loved ones can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ with those from up to three households. And it looks like Princess Anne will be hosting a smaller contingent of the Royal Family at her Gloucestershire home, Gatcombe House.

According to Hello!, the Queen’s daughter and her husband, Sir Timothy Laurence, will be joined by their children and grandchildren for the special day. Indeed her son and daughter, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, have homes on the grounds of her Gatcombe Park country estate, meaning it will be easy for the group to come together without complicated travel arrangements.

Mike and Zara Tindall with their daughters, Mia and Lena

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At 70 years old, the Princess Royal is in the vulnerable category at higher risk of suffering seriously with coronavirus. Thus it is no doubt the safest and most sensible option for her to remain at home this Christmas, minimising her exposure to those outside her immediate familial bubble. She’ll no doubt be cheered by being able to spend the holiday with her grandchildren; Zara and her husband Mike Tindall’s daughters, Lena, two, and Mia, six; and Peter’s daughters Savannah, nine, and Isla, eight. Peter’s wife Autumn, from whom he announced his separation in February this year, is also likely to be in attendance. The former couple remain amicable co-parents and Autumn also lives nearby, in her own home on the estate.

Autumn Phillips, Peter Phillips, Savannah Phillips and Isla Phillips

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While it will be a smaller affair than royal Christmases past, Zara’s recent pregnancy news, announced by Mike earlier this week, will add some welcome cheer to the proceedings. And what with the whole family now being well versed in the medium of video calls – with Anne, Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and even the Queen herself having carried out a number of virtual enegaments during the pandemic – no doubt the wider family will be checking in for some Zoom festivities too.

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