Today: Friday, 12 August 2022 year

The Queen, Prince Philip lead Royal family to Christmas Eve service at Sandringham

The Queen, Prince Philip lead Royal family to Christmas Eve service at Sandringham

Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip never breaks a tradition, this year, the British Royal family was led by them for a Christmas Eve service.  The service took place at the St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Queen’s annual Christmas Day speech will be broadcast at 3 pm on Monday.

Queen Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip joined her on Saturday public duty, but not all Windsor family’s members were presented at Christmas Eve service at Sandringham. A Kensington Palace spokesman said earlier this month:

“You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.”

On Saturday, hundreds of well-wishers lined the country roads hoping to catch a glimpse of Meghan Markle. The Suits star will be the first unmarried partner to join the Royal family for Christmas Day following her engagement to Prince Harry last month. No images emerged of Ms Markle at the Christmas Eve ceremony but she is expected to attend the same church on Christmas Day. Prince Harry and Ms Markle will marry next May at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Prince Harry had asked the Queen to make an exception in order for Ms Markle to join the family for Christmas, while the Duchess of Cambridge did not spend Christmas with the royal family after her engagement to Prince William was announced in 2010. The move is a break with tradition as the invitation to spend Christmas with the royal family is not usually extended to partners until they are married.

The kids of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip joined the parents during the traditional Christmas service, but the crowd was hoping to see a new star – Meghan Markle with her royal fiance.