Spending Christmas with the Queen is, one imagines, a rather grand and formal affair with a regimented schedule.
There’s the huge lunch cooked up by a large team, decadent drinks served by butlers and not forgetting the rather formal church visit.
This year, Kate and Wills, along with their three children, George, Charlotte and Louis, have opted to take a break from the formal duties of the royal family for her mum and dad’s.
And in her first ever interview, Carole told the Daily Telegraph Stylist magazine just how she steers the Christmas ship (since you ask it’s in a red Goat dress with a pinny over it).
The royals all have their favourite cocktails, whizzed up by a helpful staff – but for Carole it’s all about these three simple things.
"My Christmas essentials are mince pies, mulled wine and mistletoe!"
No Charles on Christmas day this year
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Carole doesn’t really believe in timings. She says: "Generally, we go to church in the morning, then a walk, open a few presents (with more in the evening). The champagne and smoked salon for lunch.
"The main Christmas meal is in the evening but with young grandshildren, maybe we’ll move that forward."
Get dressed up – but it’s not too formal!
Carole says she doesn’t mind what people wear – and will never go too formal but she does like to dress up a bit for December 25.
Carole is very chilled
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The lunch / dinner (and there’s no kids table!)
Carole says she cooks most things herself – in her big pinny – with some help from husband Mike.
The family doesn’t believe in sitting children separately so it will be all hands on deck for the princes and princesses!
Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening over at camp royal…
The Windsor and Middleton family on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding day
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Christmas lunch starts at 1.15pm with a starter of salad with shrimp or lobster, followed by roasted turkey with traditional sides like parsnips, Brussels sprouts and carrots, then Christmas pudding with brandy butter for dessert.
Menus are all in French and the family eat from blue and white Copeland dinner service and drink from crystal stemware engraved with EIIR.
As is tradition, just before the family tuck in, the senior chef goes into the dining room and carves the turkey, after which the Queen presents him with a glass of whiskey and they toast – the only time in the year that the chef joins the royals in the dining room.
Which would you prefer?