Thursday 22 August 2019

Prince George steals the show as royals make their way to Buckingham Palace for annual Christmas lunch

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince George arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Prince George arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Zara and Mike Tindall arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Zara and Mike Tindall arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Princess Beatrice arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Princess Beatrice arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry 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 arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Viscount Linley and family, wife Lady Serena Armstrong-Jones, Viscountess Linley and children Margarita Armstrong-Jones and Charles Armstrong-Jones, arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive for the annual evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace, London.
(L-R) Prince Harry, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge arrive to attend a Christmas party for volunteers at The Mix youth service on December 19, 2016 in London, England. The Mix youth service works with Their Royal Highnesses' Heads Together Campaign. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge leaving after a visit to The Mix in London, where she attended the youth charity's Christmas party.
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, leaves an event hosted by local Cub Scouts to celebrate 100 years of the national Cub Scout movement, in King's Lynn
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their parents for Queen Elizabeth's annual Christmas lunch for the first time this year.

Last year, it was just the royal toddler who attended the royal family's pre-Christmas traditional meal, but this time around, the whole family was pictured entering Buckingham Palace.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth hosts the event every year for her children, grandchildren and other senior royals, but the only pictures from the day are grainy shots taken as the royals drive their Range Rovers through the gates of the palace.

Little George, who has already been "naughty" opening his Christmas presents early, was visible from the backseat and looked comfortable with the awaiting crowds as he sat next to mother Kate Middleton and sister Charlotte.

The Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
The Duke of Cambridge (left) and Prince Harry arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.

Prince Harry, minus girlfriend Meghan Markle, was sitting in the front seat as his brother Prince William drove.

Also spotted were Zara and Mike Tindall, presumably with little Mia in the back, Prince Charles and Camilla and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The lunch is considered the official start of Christmas celebrations for the royal family as the 90-year-old monarch will descend on Sandringham Estate today to begin festivities there and prepare for Christmas Day where her family will gather.

This year, however, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will instead will be celebrating with the Middleton family and have even chosen to attend a shoot near their family home in Bucklebury, Berkshire, over Prince Philip's annual shoot on St Stephen's Day.

Zara and Mike Tindall arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Zara and Mike Tindall arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Princess Beatrice arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.
Princess Beatrice arriving for the Queen's Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London.

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