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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.

Christ­mas Eve

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.”

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