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Meghan Markle attends Christmas service with royal family

NiƱa V. Guno

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

| Wed, December 27, 2017 | 11:00 am
Meghan Markle attends Christmas service with royal family

Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (L) and Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (2L), US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle (2R) and Britain's Prince Harry (R) stand together in front of other members of the family as they wait to see off Britain's Queen Elizabeth II after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

Meghan Markle spent Christmas with the British royal family following her engagement to Prince Harry in late November.

Markle stood beside Prince William and Duchess Catherine, who wore a tartan dress and a black fur hat. Dressed in tones of brown, the “Suits” actress looked chic in a coat and a stylish hat.

She and her fiancé smiled and waved at the crowd, which numbered about 200, reports BBC. The couple also took time to talk to some locals who lined up since dawn to greet the royals, according to the Associated Press.

US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle and Britain's Prince Harry arrive to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

BBC reports that Markle’s countrymen were also in the crowd to witness the American royal-to-be.

The occasion marks Markle’s first public appearance with Queen Elizabeth II. Back when Kate Middleton was engaged to Prince William in 2010, she opted to spend time with her family for Christmas.

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Every Dec. 25, a church service is attended by royals at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrives to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. US actress and fiancee of Britain's Prince Harry Meghan Markle arrives to attend the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2017. (AFP/Adrian Dennis)

Younger members of the royal family greet the crowds on their way back to the Queen’s country retreat, Sandringham House. It is also in the estate where the royals have a traditional turkey lunch and watch the Queen’s televised speech.

The Queen said in her Christmas message that she looked “forward to welcoming new members into [the royal family] next year.”

This most likely alludes to Markle, who is set to marry Prince Harry in May 2018, and Prince William and Kate Middleton’s baby on the way.

This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
 
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