Kate Middleton heartbreak: How Kate has tough decision to make for children this Christmas | Royal | News (Reports)

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However, like many parents, the Cambridges now face a tricky decision in the next few months.

Across England, a tier system has been implemented to tackle the spread of coronavirus.

This means your lockdown restrictions are dependent on the tier you are living in, with Tier 3 being the most severe.

The severity of coronavirus cases in your area determines which tier you are placed in, and can limit which businesses can open and who you can spend time with.

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Much of England is in Tier 1, with some areas in Tier 2 and Tier 3 as the Government sees fit.

As such, the impending Christmas season may prove problematic – especially for large families.

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Tiers are constantly changing depending on the level of COVID cases, but the entirety of England is at one of the three levels.

Come Christmas it is anyone’s guess which Tier their area will be under, however, even at Tier 1, there could be difficulties.

So for Kate, Prince William and their three young children, they can only meet with one other person before exceeding the rule of six.

This means the Cambridges may face a Christmas as a family of five away from the Royal Family and Kate’s family this year.

The Royal Family typically gather at Sandringham on Christmas Eve for an afternoon of festivities including finishing decorating the Queen’s Christmas trees, dining and opening presents.

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They then attend Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham as a family, with crowds often flocking to see them walk to church.

However, with crowds most definitely not permitted – it is likely any trip to church would be private this year.

The Queen, 94, may not attend church on Christmas day at all – given her at-risk status due to her age.

Older people are at risk of developing complications should they catch COVID-19 – which is why so many have been asked to shield in recent months.

Kate has also spent Christmas with her family, visiting her mother and father Carole and Michael Middleton.

However, visiting just her parents would push the number of people to seven, flouting the rule of six.

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Kate could take her young brood to visit her parents without William, however, this would be a tough decision to make for the family.

This doesn’t even factor in her sister Pippa and brother-in-law James Matthews and their son Arthur, or her brother James Middleton and his fiance Alizée Thevenet.

Exactly how the Royal Family will spend Christmas remains to be seen, however like much of the UK it will undoubtedly be very different from years gone by.

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