We only ever get the most minuscule of peeks inside the window as the royals drive into the Buckingham Palace gates, but for some reason I particularly love the annual pre-Christmas lunch that the Queen hosts in London for her family. Perhaps it is the routine of it all, or the big smiles they flash on their way in, or maybe the close proximity to the holiday that signals that Christmas truly is almost here, but I find this event so festive and look forward to it every year.
The Queen spends Christmas at Sandringham with the immediate members of her family. As her children have had children, and now some of those children have had children of their own, the numbers have swelled and it is, more than ever, impossible for Her Majesty to have everyone on the actual day. This lunch allows the more extended family to gather together, see one another, and celebrate the season before the Queen leaves for Norfolk. It is a lovely gesture of inclusion, I think.
William drove the couple to the lunch, wearing those glasses that look so great.
Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that the two brought baby George. (Soon, I really need to stop calling him Baby George.) I guess the rambunctious little guy was relegated to the nursery for this one. Although, relatives will probably be disappointed to miss out on his mischievous antics, I imagine his parents were happy to enjoy the break. Very interestingly, although George was nowhere to be seen on arrival, he left the lunch in a Range Rover with his parents and Nanny Maria. I assume this means that William and Kate did not want George photographed, and attempted to minimize his exposure by sending him in discreetly with Nanny Maria. I am happy to hear they did in fact bring him!
Like clock-work, Kate wore red. She always recycles some scarlet piece from her wardrobe, and this year it looks very much like the Katherine Hooker from EACH's Capital Appeal Launch got the nod.
Earlier today, William visited Centrepoint where he made headlines by telling a girl training to be a hair-dresser she should try managing Kate's "nightmare" hair. This prince certainly likes to shoot the occasional teasing comment across Kate's bow. Remember when Kate's hair met the humidity of South East Asia? She probably thought that was nightmare hair, the rest of us, William included, knew it was gorgeous...
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