Tuesday 14 August 2018

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry head to Buckingham Palace for Christmas lunch

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Christmas lunch for the extended Royal Family at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a Christmas lunch for the extended Royal Family at Buckingham Palace on December 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Autumn Phillips arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Princess Eugenie arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Meghan Markle joined fiancé Prince Harry for the annual royal Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace today.

Much has been made of the fact that the American actress (36) is the first royal other half to be invited to the festive celebrations before a wedding and we'll see more of her over the festive season as she slowly dips her toe into getting to know her new home since moving to London from Toronto, Canada. It marks Markle's first public appearance since the week she and Harry announced their engagement in November.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London

After much speculation of how the newly engaged pair would celebrate Christmas, a spokesperson for Kensington Palace confirmed they will all be at Queen Elizabeth's Sandringham Estate, which requires a black tie dress code and no exchanging of gifts. Harry has marked most Christmases there alongside his father Prince Charles, while Prince William has alternated between there and the Middleton family home in Berkshire to be with his in-laws.

On Wednesday, Harry and Meghan, arrived via Range Rover, were pictured joining other members of the family to celebrate with their grandmother and Prince Philip. William and Kate were also spotted making their way into the palace, with their nanny Maria Borrallo in the backseat, with Prince George and Princess Charlotte out of view.

Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London

It's believed Meghan was given special permission to attend the festivities this year because her family are based in the US and would otherwise be alone for the day.

"You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day," a palace spokesperson said last week after much speculation.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London

Also spotted at today's lunch were Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, Autumn Phillips, Prince Michael of Kent and his daughter Gabriella of Windsor, Prince Charles and Camilla and Princess Alexandra.

Meanwhile, it's full steam ahead for wedding planning with Harry and Meghan set to exchange vows on May 19 at Windsor Castle.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London

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