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Start the Preparations Early

The royals and the Middletons both start their festive planning well in advance to ensure minimum stress. Pippa Middleton has spoken about spreading Christmas shopping out over a long period of time, while the queen signs her Christmas cards in the Summer - and Kate is equally organized. This means that the closer they get to Christmas Day, the less they have to worry about. Kate proved this when she was spotted picking up a wipeable tablecloth and a few last-minute bits and pieces on a shopping trip in London in late December a few years back.

How to Do Christmas Like Prince William and Kate Middleton

All these years we have been stumbling through the festive season in a haze of last-minute shopping and to-do lists with no one to turn to for guidance, but luckily help is now at hand! The duke and duchess of Cambridge are about to celebrate their eighth Christmas together as husband and wife, and with three kids in tow, they have perfected the art of juggling their family commitments, creating a blend that is part royal, part Middleton, and part their own. Here's how to throw that stress away and seamlessly follow in their footsteps.

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