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By Joanna Crawley On December 26, 2012

Palace Request For Photo Ban On Kate Middleton And Prince William's Private Christmas Ignored

Royal couple spending Christmas with the Middleton family

After a stressful month Kate Middleton and Prince William have opted to spend their Christmas break with low key celebrations at the Middleton family home. But any hope that the royal couple, who are expecting their first child, would be left alone for their private festivities have been dashed after photos of the couple were printed in various online publications today.

St James's Palace contacted a selection of Royal correspondents and media outlets last week, informing them that the couple wished to spend 25 December privately and there wouldn’t be any photo opportunities. This is in stark contrast to the traditional royal Christmas, where the whole family embark on a public walk to church on Christmas day in Sandringham, in full view of the world's press.

Unfortunately for Kate and William not all news outlets were given this message and as Kate and her family attended a Christmas carols service at St Mark’s Church in Englefield yesterday, she was photographed unknowingly.

The Duke and Duchess were snapped outside the church as they walked with Kate's siblings Pippa and James and her parents. The subsequent images, published in some titles online, showed Kate dressed down in a red coat and scarf, with her hair swept back in a loose chignon whilst William looked formal in a suit and tie.

Despite the photo breach it seems Kate and Wills' request has been enforced for the most part with the Palace again contacting the press last night (December 25) to insist that the royal’s appearance should maintain private and requested photos weren’t printed, according to Marie Claire.

We reckon Kate deserves to put her feet up don't you?

Tags : Kate Middleton, Prince William

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