Royal Family out for Christmas Day in Sandringham
- Meghan Markle has become the first fiancee to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas
- She stepped out in an eye-catching brown beret and wrapped up warm against the chilly winter temperatures
- Prince Philip led the charge at Sandringham this morning with Prince Charles following closely behind
- But not all of the Royals were dressed so spectacularly, with Princess Beatrice opting to shun high heels for a pair of dirty trainers
Published: 04:37 EST, 25 December 2017 | Updated: 06:33 EST, 25 December 2017
Meghan Markle has become the first fiancee to join the Royal Family at Sandringham for Christmas – with huge crowds lining the streets to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry's bride-to-be.
She stepped out in a eye-catching brown beret and wrapped up warm against the chilly winter temperatures in a beige coat which she tied up at the front.
Meghan, 36, clutched on to her Royal beau and proudly displayed the engagement ring that Harry himself designed before their engagement in November.
The couple walked alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton, who proudly wore a tartan coat in a nod to the secret trips she took to Anstruther in Scotland with her then-fiance.
It is the first time the two women have been pictured together since Meghan and Prince Harry last month revealed their impending nuptials to the world.
Meghan Markle, pictured right with her fiance Prince Harry, walked alongside Kate Middleton and Prince William, pictured left
Meghan, 36, clutched on to her Royal beau and proudly displayed the engagement ring that Harry himself designed before their engagement in November
The couple waved to crowds who had lined the streets of Sandringham from early this morning in a bid to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family
Meghan paired a striking brown beret with a beige coat which she tied up at the front to keep warm in the chilly Christmas Day temperatures
Meghan and Prince Harry are pictured alongside Prince William and Kate Middleton. Other senior members of the Royal Family joining them at Sandringham included Prince Philip, Princess Anne and Prince Edward
This year, it is understood that Prince Harry and his fiancee will stay with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate at Anmer Hall, their home in the Sandringham grounds, rather than in the main house
Pictured are Prince William and Kate Middleton, who proudly wore a tartan coat in a nod to the secret trips she took to Anstruther in Scotland with her then-fiance
This year, it is understood that Prince Harry and his fiancee will stay with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate at Anmer Hall, their home in the Sandringham grounds, rather than in the main house.
Markle will have to adjust to the royal family's idiosyncratic ways and customs, ingrained in centuries of tradition.
The royals exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, in keeping with German practice.
Markle is reportedly an animal lover but will have to put up the with royals' tradition of going out shooting on Boxing Day.
Prince Charles, pictured left with Camilla wrapped up in a warm scarf, was spotted walking through the estate. Prince Philip, pictured right, followed closely behind
If the shoe fits! Prince Andrew looked unimpressed at his daughter Beatrice's choice of footwear as she opted to shun high heels for a pair of trainers while walking to church
Earlier this morning, Prince Philip led the charge with Prince Charles following closely behind. He walked with his wife Camilla who wore a scarf to cope with the cold.
His other sons Andrew and Edward were accompanied by their sister Princess Anne who sported a royal purple shawl with a hint of festive red over a deep blue coat.
But not all of the family were dressed so spectacularly, with Princess Beatrice opting to shun high heels for a pair of dirty trainers – leaving her father the Duke of York looking distinctly unimpressed.
Crowds are pictured lining the streets of Sandringham, Norfolk, this morning in a bid to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family
The Royal Family appeared to be in markedly higher spirits this morning compared to last year when the Queen was forced to miss the service at St Mary Magdalene Church while recovering from a heavy cold.
She and the Duke of Edinburgh had delayed their trip to the private Sandringham estate by a day after they both became ill.
Royal fan's Christmas surprise as her boyfriend proposes to her live on TV at Sandringham
One Royal Family fan received an unexpected Christmas surprise as her boyfriend proposed to her live on TV while they queued to catch a glimpse of Meghan Markle.
American couple Mike Metz and Ashley Millican, both aged 20 and visiting their UK-based relative from Wisconsin, were waiting to see the Queen, Prince Harry and his fiancee attend St Mary Magdalene Church on the Queen's Sandringham Estate for the Christmas Day service when Mike got on one knee.
Asked by Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills why it was so important for them to come and see the royals on Christmas morning, Mr Metz got on one knee and said: 'I want to spend the rest of my Christmases with you Ashley, so I don't know if you want to marry me?'
Putting her hand to her mouth and fighting back tears, she replied: 'Yes. Oh my God.'
Mills, who had been tipped off about the proposal, asked how them both how they were feeling, to which Mr Metz said: 'I'm feeling great, excited.'
Ashley, who said she was not expecting it, replied: 'Good, it's my grandmother's ring, it's very pretty.'
Presenter Kay Burley, in the studio, said: 'Unbelievable, fantastic and thank goodness she said 'yes'.'
Mr Metz said the couple planned to tie the knot in around 18 months' time and would 'absolutely' watch the royal wedding.
Burley ended the item saying: 'That's amazing, and thank goodness she had her nails done as well.'
Miss Millican, from Texas, said the proposal came as a complete surprise.
'I had no idea,' she said, adding: 'I was definitely very surprised. I never thought he would ask me right before we were about to see the Royal Family for the first time. It was a big surprise.'
It is her first holiday outside America and she said they had a two-week trip planned in which they would visit London.
Mr Metz, of Wisconsin, said he started to plan the proposal in August, asked Miss Millican's parents in September and was nervous ahead of the day.
'It was pretty tough to keep secret as I was so excited. It's memories to cherish forever.'