There were smiles all around this morning as members of the Royal Family headed to church at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate. Below, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex walking to church along with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles.
They attended the service at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, where the royal family worships when at Sandringham.
Meghan and Kate share a moment.
Here is a 1-minute video showing the Queen arriving, followed by the rest of the family.
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Her Majesty looked lovely as ever for the holiday.
Below, members of the Royal Family as they leave church following the service. Princess Eugenie (in red) and her husband, Jack Brooksbank can be seen behind Prince Charles. The Duke of York is just behind Harry; he escorted the Queen to church this morning.
The Telegraph estimated as many as 800 people were on hand hoping to see or meet royal family members. Meghan chatted with well-wishers on the walk back to Sandringham.
One young lady waiting in the cold received a hug from the Duchess. Her name is Jessica Daniels, and The Mirror describes her as “a long-time Instagram and Twitter follower of the Duchess.” More from The Mirror’s coverage:
When Meghan saw 17-year-old Jessica holding up a small sign with her Instagram username on it she instantly recognised it and gave her social media friend a hug.
The teenager, from Peterborough, described the experience as “amazing” adding : “I started watching Suits, then I started following her on social media and then followed her acting and followed her humanitarian work, so I’ve been a fan of her for years.
“There were a group of us girls on social media she became kind of close with and interacted a lot online.”
She said about the Duchess, who closed down her social media accounts before her marriage to Harry: “This is the first time I’ve met her, she just said ‘it’s so lovely to meet you, incredible to finally see you’ and she was asking how we all are and if we’re still talking and supporting each other.”
A quick video as family members arrived back at the gates to Sandringham House.
WE FINALLY HAVE A VIDEO Kate and Meghan really are the cutest I can’t deal pic.twitter.com/zlI575R1in
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For her second Christmas at Sandringham, Meghan wore the Victoria Beckham Tailored Slim Coat in deep navy cashmere, $3085.
Made of 100% cashmere, the double-breasted design is inspired by men’s tailored outerwear styles and features wide lapels with a center back vent.
We are unsure about the brand/designer of Meghan’s dress. It was thought the midi-length, v-neck style was a Victoria Beckham design. However, upon a closer look at additional photos, it appears the dress has a bit of a flared skirt to it, something missing from the Victoria Beckham design we originally thought the dress resembled. We will update the post once we have more information.
The boots are a round toe style with a 4-inch heel.
It looks like Meghan’s bag is by Victoria Beckham, the Powder Box style in black from the AW 2018 Collection ($2260). It is no longer available. Thanks to Innominate on Twitter for the ID.
Victoria Beckham described the style as a “small, structured box bag….inspired by a vanity powder box…. with internal mirror and a small lipstick slide pocket, trimmed with leather. It features a circular gold grooved clasp with a wide handle.” The bag measures roughly 10″ x 3″ x 2.5″.
It also came in purple leather, green leather and hair on leather in leopard print finish.
The ‘Vika Cocktail Hat‘ features a wool felt pillbox base in black with two feathers inside a crinoline bow.
The chapeau is handmade in the UK. It was offered at Moda Operandi but is no longer available.
More about the designer via her ‘About’ page:
Awon Golding is an award-winning London-based milliner who has spent an eclectic youth in India, Hong Kong and England. She draws on her multicultural heritage to inspire fun, feminine hats and headpieces for modern women. Each piece is handcrafted in her London studio incorporating modern materials and traditional techniques.
The milliner shared her excitement on Twitter at the news Meghan chose her hat for Christmas Day services.
Meghan wore a new necklace and earrings today, as well as a ring we’ve not previously seen.
UPDATE JAN 12: WE have confirmation that the earrings and ring are both by a boutique brand, i+i Jewelry. We start with the Crescent Moon Ring, hand made of 14kt gold (£190, about $245 at today’s exchange rate). Meghan also wore the Diamond Half Hoop Earrings, featuring white diamonds in 14kt gold (£480, roughly $615). The earrings are available to pre-order, with shipping expected in late January.
i+i is a boutique brand that uses ethically sourced stones and donates 10% of all profits to a charity called Set Beautiful Free; the organization rescues women and children from sex trafficking and teaches them skills to start a new life. If you’re wondering about the name, ” i and i” is anagram for India, where founder Kirsty Patterson first started making jewelry.
The always savvy Anne Young suggested the styles may be by Jennifer Meyer, an LA-based designer the Duchess has worn previously. Anne mentioned the Jennifer Meyer 18K Gold Turquoise Necklace as one possibility. We show a small closeup of an earring in the montage below.
UPDATE DEC 27: Meghan’s gloves are thought to be from Club Monaco. The Claudia leather style in black, $98, currently on sale $79 with an additional 30% off at Club Monaco (no code needed). They are also available at ShopBop, $99. Thanks again to Anne Young for this one!
Meghan on Christmas Day last year and today.
Just think, next Christmas the Duke and Duchess will be celebrating the holiday as a family of three, how fun is that to think about?
One of the Christmas Day activities everyone takes part in when at Sandringham: watching the Queen’s annual Christmas message. More from The Mirror:
Footage of Harry and Meghan’s glittering wedding was featured in the broadcast alongside Eugenie and Jack’s nuptials, and also the moments when the couples kissed on the steps of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.
The Duke and Duchess’s carriage ride was also screened.
Bringing a touch of humour to her televised address, the Queen, surrounded by family photos, said: “Closer to home, it’s been a busy year for my family, with two weddings and two babies and another child expected soon.
“It helps to keep a grandmother well occupied.”
You can see the entire 9-minute message below.
And here is a four-minute video from today, shot by news photographer Terry Harris.
Merry Christmas to all marking the holiday!