It’s a Christmas miracle! Catherine Middleton has emerged from the sick-bed in her and Prince Williams’ cottage in Kensington Palace grounds (where they’re staying until their apartment in the main building has been refurbished) to join the Queen and the rest of the royal family (Wills arrived separately) for a two-hour official pre-Christmas lunch.
This is the third outing for the Hyperemesis-stricken Duchess this week after she attended the Sports Personality of the Year awards on Sunday, and her staff Christmas lunch yesterday.
And, the pregnant 30-year-old is now well enough to attend her second Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family – which is being taken as a clear sign that she’s now well on her way to recovery from the unfortunate barfing every ten seconds HG that saw her hospitalised just a couple of weeks ago.
I hope so.
As well as that happy news, she’s also tamed the Charlie’s Angel hairdo and I feel as if I could warm my hands on that clear glow that’s emanating from those first trimester pregnancy cheeks.
The 24th and 25th of December is strictly and always will be a royal family-only affair, but Pippa, James, Carole and Michael Middleton have been invited to attend the traditional killing-pheasants-for-a bit-of-a-laugh royal family, minor relatives and friends shoot at Sandringham on Boxing Day.
I expect the Queen is looking forward to P-Middy telling her that if she would like her gin and tonic served at a lower temperature to chill some water in the freezer and add ice to it and her hitting on any titled single man within a ten mile radius of the Norfolk estate.
Presumably, given that Catherine has given the royals such a shot in the arm from a popularity point of view, her Majesty is seeing the younger Wisteria sister coming as a part of William’s extended family package as a necessarily evil and reminding herself that we all have our crosses to bear.