King Charles hosts a royal Christmas lunch at Windsor Castle

Charles and the Queen Consort treat dozens of relatives to a turkey lunch today — as the monarch hosts the wider royal family’s first annual Christmas meal as monarch at Windsor Castle.

This year’s event sees the family come together for the biggest reunion since the Queen’s funeral in September – the first time the traditional gathering has been held since 2019, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dozens of members of the royal family are expected to attend, and among the first to arrive are the Queen Consort, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, but among the notable absentees are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, their son Archie and daughter Lilibet, who remain in the United States.

The turkey and trimmings luncheon is usually served annually at Buckingham Palace on the Wednesday before Christmas, shortly before the monarch leaves for Sandringham for the festive season.

The Queen Consort looked relaxed as she was driven to Windsor Castle today, wrapped up warm in a navy quilted jacket, ahead of the annual Christmas lunch.

The Queen Consort looked relaxed as she was driven to Windsor Castle today, wrapped up warm in a navy quilted jacket, ahead of the annual Christmas lunch.

But this year, in a departure from tradition, the event is being held at Windsor Castle.

The first to arrive this afternoon was King Charles himself, who had traveled to Windsor in a car.

He chose an elegant blue tie for the occasion, which he wore with a navy blue suit.

Meanwhile, the Queen follows her shortly afterwards, and seems calm when she is led into the castle grounds.

King Charles is hosting his first annual Christmas luncheon for the wider royal family as monarch at Windsor Castle this afternoon

King Charles is hosting his first annual Christmas luncheon for the wider royal family as monarch at Windsor Castle this afternoon

Meanwhile, Princess Anne donned a pair of dark sunglasses as her husband, Tim Lawrence, drove her to the event

Meanwhile, Princess Anne donned a pair of dark sunglasses as her husband, Tim Lawrence, drove her to the event

She was wrapped warmly in a navy quilted jacket, which she wore with a blue velvet blouse underneath.

Prince Edward has led his wife, Sophie Wessex, and their teenage daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, to the grounds of Windsor Castle.

The Countess and Madame Louise sat next to each other in the back seat of the car.

While the countess chose an elegant brown coat for the occasion, Lady Louise, 18, looked chic in a bright pink floral blouse for the outing.

Meanwhile, Sophie Wessex arrived at the event alongside her teenage daughter Lady Louise (pictured)

Meanwhile, Sophie Wessex arrived at the event alongside her teenage daughter Lady Louise (pictured)

Prince Edward drove his family to the event at Windsor Castle this afternoon, with Sophie and his daughter, Lady Louise, in the back seat.

Prince Edward drove his family to the event at Windsor Castle this afternoon, with Sophie and his daughter, Lady Louise, in the back seat.

The modest 18-year-old, who is often seen in casual wear or prim dresses, has largely spent her childhood out of the spotlight, and recently started attending St Andrew’s University.

Meanwhile, Princess Anne donned a pair of dark sunglasses as her husband, Tim Lawrence, drove her to the event.

This tradition is one of the rare times when all members of the royal family get together, and it is an opportunity for the monarch to celebrate with those who do not receive an invitation to spend Christmas in Norfolk with the senior members of the royal family.

The family sits at round tables, enjoying a lunch of Sandringham turkey and drag biscuits.

It is the first time that members of the royal family have come together for the traditional ceremony since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Queen Consort appeared in high spirits as she wrapped up warm in a navy blue quilted jacket, which she wore with a blue velvet blouse underneath.

The Queen Consort appeared in high spirits as she wrapped up warm in a navy blue quilted jacket, which she wore with a blue velvet blouse underneath.

The Queen appeared in high spirits ahead of a celebratory lunch at Windsor Castle this afternoon, her first in several years.

The Queen appeared in high spirits ahead of a celebratory lunch at Windsor Castle this afternoon, her first in several years.

The Queen appeared in high spirits ahead of a celebratory lunch at Windsor Castle this afternoon, her first in several years.

According to The Telegraph, the Duke of York is expected to be among those present at the event.

Last year, the late Queen planned to welcome 50 family members to Windsor Castle where she was then staying, but canceled due to concerns about the Omnicron variant.

Lunch was also canceled in December 2020 when London was in lockdown and people were urged not to travel across the country due to Covid.

Last week, a number of senior members of the royal family got together for Kate’s Together in Christmas Carols concert, which was held at Westminster Abbey.

Meanwhile, King Charles was the first member of the royal family to arrive for the day's celebration

Meanwhile, King Charles was the first member of the royal family to arrive for the day’s celebration

The lunch, which will see a number of members of the royal family gather together, is a regular tradition for The Firm.  However, today it is hosted for the first time by King Charles

The lunch, which will see a number of members of the royal family gather together, is a regular tradition for The Firm. However, today it is hosted for the first time by King Charles

Body language expert Jodi said the royals have come to expect ‘bonding and unity’ as they gather for a carol service after the recent spate of attacks by Harry and Meghan.

Lady James said the princess’ “warm smile of pride” as she watched her children kiss with the king “show all we need to know about the family unit”.

She said other clues come from “extra extra touches” including “constant smiles and eye contact”.

There were audible cheers from members of the public who shouted “we love you” to William and Kate as they stood in the cold to greet the future king and queen outside the abbey.

Poignantly, William read a passage from the late Queen’s Christmas message in 2012 in which Her Majesty the late Queen said she had “always been amazed by the spirit of togetherness” at Christmas.

It was a time, she added, “when we remember that God sent His only begotten Son to serve, not to be served.”

Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace said they would not comment on Harry and Meghan’s allegations – with the monarch saying he was determined not to watch the six-part series.

Today’s meeting comes after it was confirmed that the King, Queen and members of the Royal Family will spend Christmas at Sandringham for the first time in three years.

It comes as footage was released showing the Princess of Wales planting a tree in memory of the Queen last week

It comes as footage was released showing the Princess of Wales planting a tree in memory of the Queen last week

Charles and Camilla will celebrate Christmas at the late Queen’s former Norfolk home with family members, marking a return to traditional royal celebrations.

The gathering at Sandringham will be the first time the royal family has spent Christmas at the private royal residence since 2019, and it will be an emotional period following the Queen’s death in September.

Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement: “Her Majesty the King and Queen, accompanied by members of the Royal Family, will attend the morning service on Christmas Day at Sandringham Church, on Sunday 25 December 2022.”

Charles and Camilla will likely be joined by the Prince and Princess of Wales and their children, the Princess Royal and her family, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children – but it remains to be seen if the disgraced Duke of York will. public appearance

Questions also remain about Harry and Meghan, who were said to have been frozen out of Charles’ first Christmas dinner at Sandringham as royal – after the Netflix series launched an unprecedented attack on the royal family, accusing the monarch of ‘lying’ and the Prince of Wales. of “yelling” at his brother.

Christmas at Sandringham follows a break, when, due to the Covid pandemic, the late Queen spent the festive period at Windsor Castle for two years in a row – the first with the Duke of Edinburgh, who is separated from her wider family in custody.

Royal birthdays feature a morning excursion to St Mary Magdalene Church, greetings to well-wishers, and a family brunch with turkey and all the trimmings.

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