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A Royal Christmas Celebration

                                     Sandringham, where the Queen and Prince Philip always spend Christmas

As we all know, Prince Harry asked Meghan Markle to marry him and she said “yes”!

Your Two Chums are excited to follow all of the news as it happens.  The date and place have been set:  the nineteenth day of May, two thousand and eighteen at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.

Harry and Meghan are making “royal history” in many ways and one of those ways is that Meghan is the first royal fiancée to be invited for Christmas with Queen Elizabeth at Sandringham.  Apparently, they have accepted the invitation so we can expect that they will be there.  (Even Catherine Middleton was not there when she was William’s fiancée.)

Here’s what she can expect, according to Katie O’Malley of Cosmopolitan:

“Now it’s officially been announced that Prince Harry’s fiancée Meghan Markle will break royal tradition and attend Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham next week, we have a funny feeling the Suits star might be having a mini panic as to what to gift her future in-laws.

However, the 36-year-old might want to take a leaf out of her sister-in-law to be’s book and create a homemade gift for the Queen.

Last Christmas, Kate Middleton revealed she was worried about what to buy her grandmother-in-law.

“I thought ‘I’ll make her something,'” she admitted, reports the BBC, “which could have gone horribly wrong.”

Instead the mother-of-two opted to make the “woman who has everything” her grandmother’s recipe of chutney.

“I was slightly worried about it, but I noticed the next day that it was on the table,” she added.

In true royal fashion, the festivities will get underway on Christmas Eve in the White Drawing Room at Sandringham to exchange presents and finish decorating their 20ft tree.

Afterwards, Markle and her new family will enjoy a typically British tea of scones, sandwiches and cakes before retiring to dress for a formal dinner.

In the morning, each royal is known to wake to a small stocking of small gifts and fruit at the end of their beds.

Royal historian Kate Williams told the BBC: ‘It’s quite set, it’s quite formal. It’s looked pretty much the same since the Queen’s youth, since the 50s.

“You arrive when told to arrive… There are quite a lot of different dresses required – change for church, change for dinner.”

Following a service at St Mary Magdalene Church in the local village, the family will greet well-wishers before returning to the estate for a traditional turkey lunch.

However, the actress – who is accustomed to Christmas dinners in Toronto and California – might find some of the royal traditions somewhat bizarre as, after lunch, she will reportedly be separated from her fiancé with the other ladies when the Queen signals for the corgis to be led out.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh will serve port and brandy to the men.”

One thing is for sure, this whole time is terribly exciting for Meghan!  We can only imagine.  As her future brother-in-law, Prince William, reportedly said, “the planning of a wedding is a very exciting time”.

Merry Christmas, or as they say in England, “Happy Christmas”.


 

 

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