Kate Middleton's mother Carole reveals stocking filler Christmas gifts

Kate Middleton’s mother Carole says flexi-figure toys were ‘totally absorbing’ for the young Duchess, James and Pippa as she promotes her firm Party Pieces’ stocking fillers for children

  • Carole Middleton, 65, has given insight into Christmas gifts she gives to family
  • Said the ‘smallest presents’ can ‘give the most enjoyment and entertainment’
  • Revealed Kate, Pippa, and James, ‘found flexi-figure toys totally absorbing’ 
  • Previously hinted at Christmas Eve traditions with George, Charlotte and Louis 
  • Comes as it was revealed Queen won’t form a bubble with family this Christmas 
  • Kate Middleton, 38, may choose to spend holiday with her parents in Bucklebury 

Carole Middleton has hinted at her choice of Christmas gifts for her family as she said the ‘smallest presents can give the most enjoyment.’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother, 65, who lives in Berkshire with her husband Michael, recalled her children Kate, 38, Pippa, 36, and James, 32 ‘found flexi-figures totally absorbing when they were young.’  

Carole shared the insight on Instagram with followers of her celebration company Party Pieces, penning: ‘I find that the smallest present can be the one that gives the most enjoyment and entertainment to children.’   

While it was confirmed the Queen, 94, will not be bubble with her family this year, it is unknown if Prince William and Kate, as well as their children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, will join Carole and Michael for Christmas.

 Carole Middleton, 65, has hinted at her choice of Christmas gifts for Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, as she said the ‘smallest presents can give the most enjoyment.’

Sharing a picture of some Christmas products from the brand, Carole said: ‘A good choice of stocking fillers can give one extra time, undisturbed in bed on Christmas Day. Invaluable!’

Last month, Carole said Christmas Eve is a ‘special occasion in her family’ as she hinted at Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis’ excitement over a visit from Santa Claus.

Posting on Instagram, she said children in her family ‘get sweetly excited by the idea that Father Christmas is coming, and really want to give him something’.   

Meanwhile she also recently revealed she will decorate her Christmas tree over Zoom with her four grandchildren this year in a break from their usual tradition.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother said her own children found flexi-figures ‘absorbing’ as a stocking filler (pictured, Kate Middleton aged three) 

The grandmother said she usually lets Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and Pippa Middleton’s son Arthur Matthews, two, help her decide where to place her festive ornaments.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic the businesswoman said she will continue the tradition but via video call – adding that it may need to be ‘tastefully rearranged’ afterwards.

Carole shared the insight on Instagram in a ‘winter message’ to followers of her celebration company Party Pieces.

Her message read: ‘We may not be able to get together but, after a year like 2020, we need to remember what’s really important this Christmas. 

Last month, Carole said Christmas Eve is a ‘special occasion in her family’ as she hinted at her family’s excitement over the festive period

‘For me, what really matters is that my family feels connected. I normally let my grandchildren help me decorate the tree. 

‘This year, I’ll ask them by video call to decide which decoration should go where. It may need to be tastefully rearranged later…!’

She added that curating the Party Pieces Christmas range gave her ‘joy and escapism’, adding: ‘I hope they help you feel the same.’

Carole’s comments come after Prince William and Kate admitted that they were still struggling over their plans for Christmas.

The 65-year-old shared a snap of a Santa Claus flexi-figure on her Party Pieces business Instagram page 

Kate’s mother said the stocking filler allowed the family ‘extra time, undisturbed in bed on Christmas Day 

The Duke and Duchess told students in Cardiff last week that they didn’t know who to spend the festive season with.

‘It is so difficult, we are still trying to make plans,’ William said. ‘It’s difficult to know what to do for the best.’

It was announced last month the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will spend Christmas ‘quietly’ at Windsor Castle and will not form a ‘bubble’ with any other family members.

The Queen and Prince Philip traditionally spend the festive season with close family at Sandringham, in Norfolk. 

The Queen’s family Christmas at Sandringham is off for the first time in 33 years, meaning the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge may spend Christmas Day with the Middletons for the first time since 2012. Pictured: Carole in 2019

But this year they will forgo the festivities and remain at Windsor Castle, where they have been isolating with a ‘bubble’ of staff since October.

It is understood the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will not take advantage of the relaxed Covid restrictions to form a Christmas bubble with other households. 

It means the couple face spending Christmas Day without any of their four children for the first time since 1949, when the then Princess Elizabeth left a one-year-old Charles in the UK so she could be with Prince Philip in Malta.

Last year the Cambridges joined the Queen at Sandringham for Christmas and took part in the walkabout to meet royal fans – though Prince Louis was absent

In Tier 2 regions, like Windsor, up to six people from different households are able to mix outdoors. This means the Queen and Prince Philip could meet with family members for horse riding or walks in the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

The restrictions  could mean the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend Christmas Day with the Middletons for the first time since 2012.  

Last year the Cambridges joined the Queen at Sandringham for Christmas and took part in the walkabout to meet royal fans – though Prince Louis was absent. 

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