With Kate Middleton's new relationship status, many royal watchers were expecting to see her join the Windsors at Christmas.
But when the family embarks on their traditional walk to church from the Queen's Norfolk residence, Kate will not be among them.
Kate is thought to instead be spending one last Christmas with her family.
Prince William has apparently volunteered to work the Christmas shift with the RAF, so his fellow soldiers can go home.
And his decision in turn will allow his future wife to have her final Christmas with her loved ones.
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