Wednesday 19 December 2018

Prince Philip, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne lead the way

Royals have started to arrive for the Queen's traditional Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, led the way as the family turned out in force for the annual festive feast on Wednesday. 

Prince Philip was joined by his son Prince Andrew, 58, and daughter Princess Anne, 68, who arrived in a car with her husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence. 

Also in attendance is the Countess of Wessex, 53, who appeared in excellent spirits as she drove daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 15, through the gates. 

Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn arrived in two separate cars, with Peter driving at least one of their daughters. 

A cherished royal tradition, the lunch at the palace provides the monarch with the opportunity to spend time with those relatives who don't join her at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk over the festive season, as well as close members of the family who will be there on the day itself.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all expected to attend. It will also mark the first Christmas lunch for Princess Eugenie's husband Jack Brooksbank.  

The Countess of Wessex arrived without her husband Prince Edward in a low-key ensemble of burgundy jacket, chunky knit scarf and a pair of glasses. Her daughter Lady Louise was similarly laid-back in a denim shirt. 

Autumn Phillips, mother of the Queen's great-granddaughters Savannah, seven, and Isla, six, brought a splash of colour to proceedings in a vibrant purple top. She arrived in a separate car to her husband and daughters. 

A dress bag is seen hanging in the backseat of her car, suggesting she might change before sitting down for lunch. 

Meanwhile Princess Anne co-ordinated with husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Lawrence in a dark winter coat and bright red scarf. The Princess Royal added a sporty pair of sunglasses to the look.


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