How the other half Christmas! Society beauties and royals celebrate the festive season in serious style – from Princess Marie-Olympia of Greece’s St Moritz getaway to Chiara di Borbone’s glitzy photoshoot
While most Britons spent Christmas embroiled in a battle to avoid the omicron variant from ruining their festive plans, the crème de la crème of society had no such trouble.
Sharing a glimpse at how the other half live on Instagram, Princess Maria-Olympia, 25, and her family spent Christmas in an exclusive hotel enjoying snowy St Moritz, while Prince Charles‘ goddaughter India Hicks, 54, threw a lavish al fresco Christmas lunch in the sunny Bahamas.
And across the pond at the Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, the Duke and Duchess of Rutland and the Manners children quaffed champagne by the roaring fireplace before embarking on a banquet in their grand dining room.
Elsewhere Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies, 16, racked up the likes with a glitzy photoshoot in Italy, while the Duchess of Cambridge‘s brother James Middleton, 34, kept it simple by posing in front a pine tree with his beloved dog Ella.
Kicking off the socialite posts, Alice Manners, 26, joined her siblings Eliza, Charles, Hugo and Violet, and their parents the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, for a banquet meal in their grand dining room at Belvoir Castle, where The Crown and Downton Abbey were filmed. The family were seen posing by the fireplace with their dogs and enjoying a bagpipe performance
James Middleton was seen posing with his beloved black spaniel Ella in front of pine trees in the English countryside, writing ‘Wishing you a very Merry Christmas, from me and my pack to you and yours’. This year Prince William and Kate Middleton took their three children to celebrate Christmas with Kate’s family, instead of spending it at Windsor Castle with the Queen
Prince Charles’ goddaughter, the granddaughter of Lord Mountbatten, India Hicks shared an envy-inducing snap of the stylish Christmas spread on the family’s lawn of their Bahamian mansion as she celebrated with the couple’s five children and her husband
Virgin mogul Richard Brandson’s daughter Holly Branson revealed they were almost unable to celebrate Christmas as one of her three children, Etta, contracted mild Covid – but was thrilled they were able t make it to a snowy destination with her family
Despite being just 16, Princess Maria Chiara of Bourbon Two Sicilies racked up the likes with a glitzy photoshoot in Italy for Christmas, donning floral over the knee boots, gold sequin leggings and a matching cardigan- racking up thousands of likes
Meanwhile Princess Maria-Olympia, 25, and her family spent Christmas in an exclusive hotel enjoying snowy St Moritz, sharing snaps of their sausage dog looking out at the snowy mountains before they enjoyed a Christmas banquet
Eliza Manners shared a photoshoot by the grand tree in Belvoir Castle with her pug, making sure his ribbon matched her silk dress
Publishing house CEO Martine Assouline revealed she had ‘beaten’ the Omicron army to spend Christmas in France with her mother
Elsewhere Lady Alexandra Tolstoy spent Christmas at her parent’s quaint English countryside abode, revealing they had used the same tree decorations for the past 40 years, writing: ‘My parents’ pale green Georgian china, dressing up in smoking jackets for dinner – my mother’s old Droopy and Browns dress in my case – and of course roast turkey and a flaming Christmas pudding with foil wrapped charms’, is what makes Christmas for her
A-list nutritionist Gabriella Peacock posted a sweet black and white shot of her family celebrations in the Cotswolds, writing: ‘Better late than never! Merry Christmas’
Marchioness of Bath Emma Weymouth posted a snap of her two soons by a grand Christmas tree at Longleat, revealing a glimpse of the grand hall in the stately home