MEGHAN’S ROYAL CHRISTMAS
Last year usual protocol was flouted when Meghan joined the Royal family for their festive celebrations – something that raised a number of eyebrows as this is the first time that Royal fiancées have received an invitation. This year tradition has been stretched even further as rumours circulate that the Queen will even be inviting Doria to celebrate with the family.
Where will they celebrate?
Traditionally the Royals head to Sandringham House in Norfolk for their festivities so Meghan and Harry will be packing their overnight bag and may choose to stay with William and Kate as they did last year. Ththe ffamilyil arrivei ffor theh Chchristmasi festivitiesfiii on Christmas Eve and each of the groups are allotted a time to arrive. The slots are arranged based on the levels of seniority with the most junior arriving early in the day. While last year Meghan is likely to have arrived early in the morning, this year she will probably have earned a much later arrival slot.
As well as all the guests arriving, as a nod to their German roots, Christmas Eve is when presents are exchanged in the Royal Household. Lavish gifts are considered inappropriate and so novelty presents are shared amongst the family.
Christmas Day Traditions
Last year Harry admitted that, “there’s always that work element” when it comes to Christmas and the Royal couple have got a busy day ahead of them! The family rise early for breakfast before heading to the morning service at St Mary Magdalene where members of the public line the road to greet them. After the service everyone returns to Sandringham to enjoy more typical Christmas pursuits; a full day of eating! Former Chef to the Queen revealed that Christmas lunch is very traditional and includes “a salad with shrimp and lobster, roasted turkey and traditional side dishes like parsnips, carrots, Brussels sprouts and Christmas pudding with brandy butter.”