okay, this is confusing first there is this photo: traditional "ladies shooting" on this years boxing day http://ladies-shooting.com/home/The Duchess of Cambridge lays down her gun for the sake of a quiet Christmas
The Duchess of Cambridge will not use a gun during the Royal family's Christmas shoot at Sandringham after complaints from animal rights campaigners in previous years. Since Kate Middleton began her relationship with Prince William, she has devoted herself to learning to shoot with the same dedication that she has shown to all of his interests. When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Sandringham for their first Christmas with the Royal family as a married couple, she will, however, lay down her gun.
“The Palace is very concerned to avoid any controversy,” says a courtier. “They do not want pictures of Catherine shooting to cause the same sort of complaints that we have had in recent years.” It is understood that the Duchess will accompany her husband and the other members of his family on the traditional Boxing Day shoot and on later outings at the Norfolk estate, but will remain in the background.
Previous festive shoots at Sandringham have provoked complaints from campaigners against field sports. Two years ago, the Earl of Wessex was cleared by the RSPCA of animal cruelty after photographs appeared to show him lashing out at two gun dogs with a stick during a pheasant shoot. In 2005, the Countess of Wessex was criticised by animal rights campaigners for shooting pheasants. In 2004, the Queen was subjected to similar complaints after she took a wounded bird from a gun dog’s jaws and beat it with her walking stick until dead.
Kate is likely to be disappointed not to be able to demonstrate her skills with a gun. Last month, she was spotted perfecting her shooting technique at Birkhall, the Prince of Wales’s private residence on the Queen’s Balmoral estate.
It was reported that her sister, Pippa, would join the Royal family for the Boxing Day shoot, but that is not the case. Their parents, Michael and Carole Middleton, were given shooting lessons while they stayed at Birkhall last year.Carole was photographed lying on grass holding a rifle with an instructor next to her while her husband watched.
One of the Duchess’s friends confirms that she is unlikely to shoot while at Sandringham, but says this “has more to do with tradition than anything else”, as “ladies do not hold the gun during a shoot”. St James’s Palace declines to comment. Festive Camilla is a game bird
Anyone who cannot face turkey for their Christmas lunch could take a leaf out of the Duchess of Cornwall’s book. Camilla has contributed a recipe for Tarragon Roast Chicken to Not Just Jam …, a fundraising book by Hambleden Women’s Institute in Buckinghamshire. “I wrote to see if she might consider writing the foreword,” says Liz Jarvis. “Her secretary wrote to me and enclosed one of Camilla’s own recipes that she’d donated. I was quite stunned that she’d replied. It was such a lovely gesture.”
The Duchess once said of her son, the food writer Tom Parker Bowles: “Tom always tells everyone that the only thing that I can cook is a roast chicken, but it’s a very good roast chicken.” http://www.telegraph.co.u...of-a-quiet-Christmas.html
and now on to the doggone fur coats and hats