It’s that time of year again; holiday season. With the holidays, comes tradition, for many families worldwide, in a time of unity and cheer. For one of the more well-known families in human history, the royal family continues it’s tradition at this time of year, with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh touching down for their traditional Christmas break.
Her Majesty, and Prince Philip, both in their 90’s respectively, arrived in Norfolk from London by train, just a day after hosting the whole Royal Family for a festive lunch, in the historic Buckingham Palace, as they do yearly. Traveling first class, the hour-and-a-half journey led them to their country estate, surrounded by security, and arriving in fashion.
The Queen, in evident high spirits, arrived in an eye-catching magenta coat, paired with a silk headscarf and Launer handbag, catching the eyes of travelers alike as she arrived like many do at King’s Lynn station, for the holidays.
Though they’d usually travel by means of their luxurious royal train, which includes bathrooms, a sleeping car, and a saloon with nine private carriages, they decided on first-class public transportation due to high running costs. In the past, the Queen has enjoyed passing the time on her iPad mini, which her grandsons helped her learn how to use. The Duke, on the other hand, dabbles in artistic publications, such as the works of Michelangelo.
Joining them for the first time this year is the to-be-wed couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which is unlike any other couple before them. Yet to become a member of the Royal Family, Markle is included in this year’s festivities, unlike the Duchess of Cambridge who hadn’t gotten the opportunity until she was officially married to Prince William. Additionally, and honorably, she will also attend the Christmas Day service at the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, as well as the traditional walk to mass with the rest of the Royal Family.
This is certainly a respectable inclusion, partaking in these festivities leading up to their much anticipated upcoming wedding in the spring. It is an “unprecedented step” for a couple that has yet to be officially wed. Markle is to be baptized by the Church of England and will become a British citizen prior to the wedding.
The Sandringham Estate has been owned by the Royal Family since 1862, purchased by Queen Victoria at the time, and has housed the family during the holidays ever since. Here, the famous annual Christmas speech is also broadcasted by the Queen. Continuing their historic tradition, the family is humbled to have grown in numbers this time around, and are kicking off a year of upcoming celebrations in a special way.
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