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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Where will the couple spend first Christmas together?

Fadu News 2018-12-04 12:01:00

Prince Harry, 34, and Meghan Markle, 37, will be spending their first Christmas as a married couple this year following their wedding in May.

Last year, Meghan was invited to join Christmas with the Royal Family despite them only being engaged.

The couple currently live in Nottingham Cottage in the grounds of Kensington Palace.

But they won’t be spending their Christmas in their home - instead they will be travelling to Norfolk.

The Royal Family spend Christmas together at Sandringham House, Queen Elizabeth’s home.

This includes Prince Philip, Kate Middleton and Prince William, as well as Prince Charles and Camilla Duchess of Cornwall.

The families often stay there during Christmas as well as New Years, with the entire family attending the Christmas service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

It has been rumoured that Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland has also been invited to spend Christmas with the royals.

One new rule Meghan will have to follow is the opening of the presents.

Harry and Meghan: Where will the royal couple spend their first Christmas since they were married? (Image: Getty)
Harry and Meghan: Last year they spent is in Sandringham, and will join the Royal Family again (Image: Getty)

On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime

The Royal Family choose to open presents on Christmas Eve, celebrating the German tradition which was first introduced by Prince Albert.

According to the royal website: “On Christmas Eve, The Royal Family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime.”

It is the last Christmas the couple will have together before their first child arrives, due in spring 2019.

The baby will join his cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis as the Royal Family expands.

Harry and Meghan: The Queen broadcasts her Christmas Speech from Buckingham Palace at 3pm (Image: Getty)

The Queen always spends her Christmas at Sandringham, apart from a period when her children were young.

In the 1960s, she spent Christmas at Windsor Castle while the house was being rewired, only to return years later.

Queen Elizabeth is a part of many people’s Christmas Day with her Christmas Day speech.

The tradition initially began in 1932 with her grandfather King George V reading it out over the radio on the BBC.

The Queen took over the tradition in 1952 and it has been televised since 1957.