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The Queen hosted her traditional pre-Christmas dinner at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday for members of The Royal Family.

Senior royals and extended members of Her Majesty’s family are invited to Her Majesty’s Christmas dinner each year at Buckingham Palace – a rare occasion where everybody gets together.

Among the first guests to arrive was the Duke of Edinburgh who was followed by the Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence.

The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge arrived with Prince George and Nanny Maria Borrallo in the backseat.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex smiled as they pulled into the gates of Buckingham Palace for their Christmas meal.

This is Meghan’s second Christmas lunch with The Royal Family.

The Prince of Wales followed closely behind, as did Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, The York Family the Wessex family.

The dinner, which has now become an annual occurrence, is held for those members of the Royal Family who do not often get invited to Sandringham on Christmas Day.

Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh are expected to set off to Sandringham within the next couple of days to start their Christmas break.

Sandringham has been privately owned by the royal family since 1862 after it was purchased by Queen Victoria at the request of her son and future King, Prince Edward.

It has remained close to the royal family since, and it is from here where the Queen’s Christmas speech is broadcast. The topic and issues raised in this year’s speech are not yet known.