Meghan Markle Christmas traditions: The royal traditions Meghan will follow this year

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Meghan Markle Christmas traditions: The royal traditions Meghan will follow this year

MEGHAN Markle will be celebrating her first Christmas this year as a member of the British Royal Family – but what traditions will the Californian Duchess of Sussex have to follow?

MEGHAN Markle will be celebrating her first Christmas this year as a member of the British Royal Family – but what traditions will the Californian Duchess of Sussex have to follow?

With two Americans set to join the dinner table, what are the royal festive traditions Meghan Markle – and Doria – will have to follow?

Football on Christmas Eve

Prince William, 37, and Prince Harry, 37, traditionally play a festive game on football on Christmas Eve with Sandringham Estate employees.

The game at Castle Rising, near the Queen’s Norfolk estate, is watched by nearby villagers
Royal spouses often turn up to watch too – Meghan is expected to join sister-in-law Kate, Duchess of Cambridge on the sidelines this year.
Opening Christmas presents on Christmas Eve

Christmas in the UK usually dictates presents are opened on Christmas Day – after Father Christmas has visited of course.

Meghan Markle Christmas traditions The Royal Family will watch the Queens speech at 3pm Image Getty
Meghan Markle Christmas traditions The Royal Family will watch the Queens speech at 3pm Image Getty

But the Royal Family always open their gifts on Christmas Eve in keeping with the German tradition introduced by Prince Albert.

The annual ritual normally occurs after afternoon tea and before the formal dinner.

And despite having more dispensable income than most people in Britain, the Royal Family tend to love spending as little as possible on their royal Christmas presents.

Meghan Markle Christmas traditions Meghan and mother Doria Ragland will be at Sandringham this year Image Getty
Meghan Markle Christmas traditions Meghan and mother Doria Ragland will be at Sandringham this year Image Getty

The family are known for being partial to a cheeky gift, with Prince Harry allegedly one year giving his grandmother a shower cap with the words “Ain’t Life a Bitch!” on it.

Church visit

Meghan will have to join her relatives in attending two services on Christmas Day.

The first one at 9am is usually a private affair, so the Queen can receive communion.

The royal party will then attend St Mary Magdalene Church at 11am in their finest attire for a public service.

Meghan Markle Christmas traditions Meghan and mother Doria Ragland will be at Sandringham this year Image Getty
Meghan Markle Christmas traditions Meghan and mother Doria Ragland will be at Sandringham this year Image Getty

Watching the Queen’s speech

Just like the rest of us, the royals will be sitting down to watch the Queen’s Speech at 3pm.

Meghan Markle Christmas traditions Meghan spent Christmas with the Royal Family in 2017 Image Getty
Meghan Markle Christmas traditions Meghan spent Christmas with the Royal Family in 2017 Image Getty

But while the family gathers around the television to watch, apparently the Queen prefers to watch the Queen’s speech alone in a separate room.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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