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Christmas at Sandringham

It appears that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are determined to blaze their own path and may well have to drag the monarchy and the British people into the 21st century kicking and screaming about protocol and tradition. Today, Kensington Palace released the official engagement photos for the couple taken by fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski at Frogmore, one of the royal residences not far from Windsor Castle, where the couple will wed next May.

As if on cue, Royalists were happy to go negative with comments about Meghan’s Ralph + Russo gown being “too expensive”, “too sheer” and not “royal” enough. The absolutely stunning photos were “too Hollywood” and “not appropriate for a royal engagement”. Seriously? It’s (almost) 2018 and it’s about damn time everyone get use to the changes that are happening around the world. The world is moving at a super-fast clip and you can sit on the sidelines and long for the good ole’ days or you can accept that forward movement, even in small steps by the royal family, is a really good thing. For all the talk of a fairytale this and future Duchess of Sussex that, a tip of the hat to Meghan for having a strong sense of who she is, and who she and Harry are as a couple, to do what she feels is right. Anyone with two eyes can see that Prince Harry and Meghan are extremely happy and in love…bravo for them! And, I’m over the moon that Meghan is bringing a bit of Markle Sparkle to the rather staid royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan will reach another major milestone this weekend, as Kensington Palace has also announced that in another break with royal tradition, Meghan, not yet a royal, has been invited to join The Queen and members of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham in Norfolk. Simply put, an invitation to Sandringham signals that The Queen and the rest of the royals have welcomed Meghan into the family with open arms…and, again, bravo for them!

Since so many of you are loving all the royal news, I thought I’d share a sketch of the three-day itinerary for Meghan’s first Christmas at Sandringham with the royal family.

Sunday, December 24
Prince Harry and Meghan, along with other senior royals, will arrive at Sandringham.
It’s believed Harry and Meghan will stay up the road with his brother Prince William and his wife, Kate and their two children at their country estate, Anmer Hall.

At 4 pm, Harry and Meghan will join other royals for formal tea with The Queen in Sandringham’s White Drawing Room.

Following tea, The Queen asks her family to present and open their gifts for each other. Apparently, the royals buy gag gifts for each other since most of them want for nothing.

After gifts are opened, it is time for cocktails!

After a martini or two, everyone leaves to get ready for dinner.

At 8pm, the royal family sits down for the formal holiday dinner with men in black tie and women in long gowns.

Monday, December 25
The royal family will walk together to St Mary Magdalene Church. The walk is always televised and photographed, so I’m sure all eyes will be on Prince Harry and Meghan for their first walk as a couple.

After church, Meghan will change clothes (again) for Christmas lunch.

At 1pm, the royal family will have Christmas lunch followed by a viewing of The Queen’s televised Christmas message to the British people.

Christmas evening is game night for the royal family, so Meghan will be able to relax and get to know her new family a bit better.

Tuesday, December 26
The royal family traditionally hosts a pheasant shoot at Sandringham.

Wednesday, December 27
Prince Harry and Meghan are rumored to fly to Los Angeles to spend New Year’s Eve with Meghan’s mother and her friends, followed by a private vacation for the couple in an undisclosed location.

February 2018
Kensington Palace has announced that Prince Harry and Meghan will take part in an extensive tour of England, Ireland and Scotland to familiarize Meghan with the various countries, cities and towns she will be representing, so expect to see a lot more of the couple in the run up to their wedding in May.

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