Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Hundreds of people here congregated to the Queen’s Sandringham estate on the Christmas Day to capture the glimpse of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, as it was the first public presence of Meghan Markle by breaking all the traditions of the royal family of England.
The couple, who announced their engagement in the month of November, spoke to well-wishers after attending a traditional service at St Mary Magdalene Church.
They arrived alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the 11am service, and were joined by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Camilla.
Ms Meghan Markle, who broke with tradition by attending the event with the Queen before she and Harry are married, walked arm-in-arm with her fiancé as they made the short journey from Sandringham House to the church in Norfolk.
She seemed at ease, smiling and chatting as they walked alongside William and Kate, who is pregnant with her third child. The Queen, who was too unwell to attend last year’s service after being struck down with a cold, arrived separately with the Duchess of Cornwall in a royal Bentley and joined the group from the house.
Among the crowd was Judith Wallis, who was sitting in a wheelchair and is staying at the neighbouring Park House Hotel on her first Christmas Day visit to Sandringham estate of the Queen.
She said Harry recognised her teddy bear called Maureen, which is a mascot for Armed Forces charity SSAFA, and her hat, which bore the Gurkha regiment emblem. Tess Gilder, manager of Park House, which describes itself as a unique hotel for disabled people, was with Ms Wallis.