Wednesday, 20 December 2017

The Royal Christmas 2017: spot a royal at Buckingham Palace


It's that time of year again. The Queen's Christmas Lunch at Buckingham Palace is a chance for the House of Windsor to gather en masse for a pre festive knees up and a chance for the rest of us to spot royals through car windows as they drive into the courtyard ahead of the bash. And while there's always plenty of excitement to see the extended clan as they whizz past, all eyes were on the most famous non royal at the lunch this year. Yep, Meghan has made her debut. We've got a sighting of Ms Markle at the Palace as she arrives for her final London Christmas lunch before she becomes a duchess. Start practising that curtsey now.

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Meghan was in the passenger seat as Prince Harry drove the lovebirds into Buckingham Palace for the annunal lunch which takes place just before the Queen heads, by train, to Sandringham for her Christmas and New Year break there. The bride to be was all smiles while the groom, who was yesterday named Captain General of the Royal Marines, looked slightly more serious. Well, taking your fiance to meet your (very large) extended family is bound to be a bit daunting.



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Normally, all lenses are pointed at the Cambridge car for this event for a glimpse of Kate and the kids (no apologies here to William, he knows the score). This time round, the duchess was following in the flashbulb wake of her soon to be sister in law and seemed all the smilier for it.




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We also got a glimpse of Prince George and Princess Charlotte in the back of the car which was driven by the Duke of Cambridge.




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While we're talking driving, let's talk Sophie. The Countess of Wessex steered her brood into Buck House while rocking a very on trend pair of glasses. And now you need to get comfy cos the royals are here en masse......

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Let's start with the Queen's other grandchildren. Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie were there looking rather smart. Looking slightly less chic was Peter Phillips who appeared to have missed the window to shave this morning. His wife, Autumn, was looking impossibly glossy and also quite amused at the state of her husband.




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The Queen has always been very fond of her sister's children, David and Sarah, so it's no surprise that their families were guests of honour. The new Countess of Snowdon was at the wheel as she and her family swept into the Palace. Lady Sarah Chatto, everyone's still favourite royal, was her usual smiley self as she joined her family for the party.  Get ready for some duchess action.


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Serene. It's perhaps the only word that should ever be used to describe a duchess and Camilla of Cornwall and Birgitte of Gloucester were both just that as they made their appearances. Calm yourselves, the Kents are about to arrive.


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We've got a bumper royal crop here. The Duke and Duchess of Kent squeezed into the back of a car with one of their granddaughters, Lady Marina Windsor, while style queen Lady Amelia Windsor looked ready for her close up. Lady Helen Taylor and Lady Gabriella Windsor kept the smiley stakes going although Prince and Princess Michael of Kent looked slightly more serious on their arrival - understandable, perhaps, as their daughter in law, Sophie, is still recovering after a serious accident a few weeks ago.


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But while the royal wings of the Windsor line kept the traditions they have held for years, it was the newest and still to be formally inducted member of their clan who stole all the headlines. Next year when she arrives, she will be a duchess and she's already got a taste of a whole royal tradition as she smiles for the cameras while we all enjoy a spot of spotting at the royal Christmas party.








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