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Prince William and Kate to host the Queen over Christmas

December 1, 2014
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Prince William and Kate are expected to welcome the Queen into their private residence of Anmer Hall in Norfolk over the Christmas period. The royal couple were given the country retreat by Her Majesty last year, and have since been renovating the 18th-century property. With the building works now complete, William and Kate are said to be eager to show the Prince's grandmother their new idyllic home. The couple are believed to have made several changes, all to ensure greater privacy for the first-time parents and their baby son Prince George.

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Prince William, Kate and George are expected to spend the Christmas period in Norfolk

William and Kate have reportedly added a conservatory, refurbished the kitchen, re-routed the driveway, expanded the accommodation in the ten-bedroom Georgian mansion and planted more trees to shield their house.

The Grade II* listed property also boasts a swimming pool and tennis courts. "They have worked very hard to make Anmer Hall feel like a family home," a source told MailOnline.

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Prince William and Kate have been renovating Anmer Hall for the past two years 

With the Queen's visit in the diary, Kate is also said to have invited her family to spend Christmas in their new home. Last year she and William celebrated George's first Christmas at her parents' house in Bucklebury, Berkshire. Kate's mum and dad Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her younger siblings Pippa and James, are all expected to spend a few days in Norfolk.

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Kate and the Queen (pictured last year) will attend the annual Christmas service in Norfolk with the rest of the royal family

In keeping with tradition, William and Kate will have Christmas Eve dinner with the rest of the British royal family at the Queen's Sandringham House – located on Sandringham Estate and just two miles from Anmer Hall. The following day, they will all go to church followed by a big Christmas lunch, but then William and Kate will return home to carry on the festivities with the Middletons.

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Kate has reportedly invited her parents Carole and Michael Middleton to Christmas at her new home

According to royal insiders, the second-in-line to the throne asked special permission from The Queen if he and Kate, who is due to give birth to their second baby in April next year, could spend the rest of the day at home. "William spoke to the Queen about doing their own thing, especially since Kate has been suffering with acute morning sickness," a source told Grazia. "He thought it would be nice for her to have a low-key Christmas. The Queen agreed." William and Kate will then rejoin the royal family on Boxing Day for the annual shoot.

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