Meghan Markle and the royal family are spending their traditional Christmas at Sandringham. Today, Meghan has joined Prince Harry walking to St. Mary Magdalene Church with Prince William and Princess Kate for the first time.
Meghan’s attendance today marks the first time a royal fiancée has been invited to Christmas celebrations. Kate Middleton did not attend Christmas services at Sandringham in 2010 when she was still engaged to Prince William, and Mike Tindall, the husband of Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter Zara Philips, did not join the royal family for Christmas before the couple was married. I think it is a very nice gesture to invite Meghan since her family lives in the US. Camilla Tominey revealed that a reporter told her that Meghan is “already considered part of the family”.
Meghan and Harry are currently staying with Kate and William at their Norfolk country home, Anmer Hall.
For decades, the royal family has made a habit of visiting St Mary Magdalene, a 16th-century church on their Sandringham property, on Christmas day.
Below, a video of Meghan Markle and Harry alongside Kate and William walking to the church in Sandringham.
Sandringham House is a private residence on an 8,000 hectare-estate owned by the royal family. The royal family acquired the estate in 1862 as a secondary home for the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII, and to this day, it remains the property of the royal family – not the Crown.
Sandringham House was passed down through generations until becoming The Queen’s property in 1952 when she promptly passed the responsibility of maintaining Sandringham to her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Aside from a few years in the 1960s when the royal family spent the holidays at Windsor Castle, they always stay at Sandringham House for Christmas and New Year’s.
We saw a very relaxed and happy Meghan Markle in Sandringham today as she made the walk to St Mary Magdalene.
Below, a picture of the fab 4
Before leaving the church, we saw Meghan curtsy for the Queen for the first time.
See a video below
A very nice video from the telegraph
After the service, Meghan joined members of the family in greeting the crowds – some of whom had been waiting outside since 05:00 GMT. A number of Americans from nearby RAF Lakenheath were also among the crowd.
Lindsey Wells, from Nebraska, said it was “intriguing” and “exciting” that Meghan was marrying into the Royal Family, and she wanted to see them in person.
When they left church, Meghan and Harry walked over to a couple of ladies who had been waiting.
Meghan smiled as Prince Harry complimented them on their Christmassy coloured clothes and told them the royal children were so excited it was hard to keep them under control.
The Americans in the crowd were especially thrilled to see her, mainly from the bases at Mildenhall and Lakenheath, happy at the prospect of one of their compatriots marrying into a British institution in May next year.
One was so excited that he brought an engagement ring all the way from Wisconsin for his girlfriend and proposed to her in the queue. She said yes!
For her first Christmas in Sandringham, Meghan opted for the Sentaler Long Wide Collar Wrap Coat.
From their website:
Crafted from exceptionally soft baby alpaca, these fibers contain microscopic air pockets that act like natural thermal insulators, making this coat warm but also lightweight. This impeccably crafted wrap coat with coveted SENTALER designs like the signature ribbed detail on the sleeve cuffs and oversized square pockets, give this coat lasting modernity that will transcend seasons to come.
She carried the Chloe Pixie Small Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag.
Today is also the first time we see Meghan wearing a hat! She wore a hat by Milliner to the royals Philip Treacy
She wore the Hiline Over the Knee Boot by Stuart Weitzman.
And accessorized with her Maison Birks Snowflake Large Round Jacket Earrings
Wishing you all a merry Christmas!