PHOTOS: Meghan Markle joins British royal family celebrating Christmas

Monday, December 25, 2017 04:38PM
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, left, Prince Philip, 2nd left, with Meghan Markle, 2nd right, the fiancee of Prince Harry, right walk to the traditional Christmas Day church service.
Meghan Markle fiancee of Prince Harry smiles as she waits for the Queen to leave by car following the traditional Christmas Day church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Front: Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Rear: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Price William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry greet well wishers following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England on Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry greet well wishers following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England on Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Prince Harry and his fiance Meghan Markle walk following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, Dec. 25, 2017.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were met by hundreds of well-wishers as they turned out for the British royal family's traditional Christmas Day church service.

The pair, who announced their engagement last month, joined Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, as well as other family members at Sandringham, the Queen's country estate in rural Norfolk, about 100 miles north of London.

According to British media, it is the first time someone who has yet to marry into the royal family has been invited to take part in the celebrations.

The pair walked arm-in-arm with Harry's father, Prince Charles, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.



The Queen, dressed in orange, led the family into St. Mary Magdalene Chapel.

Last year was the first time since she began spending Christmas at Sandringham in 1988 that the Queen had missed a Christmas Day service. She had been diagnosed with a "heavy cold."

Hundreds of people lined up to meet members of the royal family, with Harry and Meghan this year's big draw.

The couple attended their first royal event together in the city of Nottingham earlier this month.

They have announced they are getting married on Saturday, May 19.

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