Even before her engagement to Prince William in October 2010, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has been under the heavy spotlight of British tabloids. How Middleton has spent the holiday season over the years has also garnered considerable attention. 

This year was no different, though rumors have circulated about tension within the royal family. The Sun on Wednesday reported that Middleton and Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, had called a "truce" during Christmas under the orders of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. Tabloid gossip has engulfed Middleton and Markle, as the two are supposedly "feuding," as the Sun cited an unnamed source who claimed their presence together at church services at Sandringham "was a bit uncomfortable." 

Middleton, 36, and Prince William, 36, celebrated Christmas this year at their country home Anmer Hall with their three children: Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and Prince Louis, who is 7 months old. Middleton reportedly broke tradition by having her family open presents on Christmas morning rather than Christmas Eve.

Prince William and Middleton usually alternate Christmas festivities between the Middletons and the royal family.

Middleton drew media attention during Christmas in 2011 for her earrings from designer Kiki McDonough that reportedly retailed for $3,000. In 2012, Middleton, who was pregnant at the time, attended church services at St. Mark's Church in Berkshire with her parents, her sister Pippa and brother James. 

With baby George at home, Middleton in 2013 kept with tradition and attended Christmas services at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. She was six-months pregnant during the 2014 holiday season and spent Christmas Eve with Prince William's family, while Christmas Day was spent with Middleton's family.

In 2015, Middleton's family joined her and Prince William at their 10-bedroom country home of Anmer Hall. Christmas in 2016 was at her family's home in Buckinghamshire, which marked the second time that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge didn't attend the royal church service since their marriage in 2011.

Christmas last year marked the first time that the Middleton and Markle appeared together in public.

One of the royal family's Christmas traditions is a gag gift. Middleton once gave Prince Harry a "Grow Your Own Girlfriend" kit.

There were absences from this year's royal family Christmas. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 71, did not make an appearance due to a heavy cold, while Prince Philip, 97, is reportedly in good health but spent the day privately.

An International Business Times staff reporter contributed to this report.

GettyImages-1086591664 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge greets well wishers as she attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on Dec. 25, 2018 in King's Lynn, England. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images