Britain's Prince Harry and his fiancee US actress Meghan Markle greet wellwishers on a walkabout as they arrive for an engagement at Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham, central England, on December 1, 2017 which is hosting a Terrence Higgins Trust World AIDS Day charity fair.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visited Nottingham in their first set of engagements together since announcing their engagement. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF        (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's first royal visit
01:06 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will spend their first Christmas as an engaged couple with Queen Elizabeth and other members of Britain’s royal family.

“You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day,” a Kensington Palace spokesman said Wednesday.

The royal family traditionally spends Christmas and New Year at Sandringham, the Queen’s country estate in rural Norfolk, around 100 miles north of London.

It’s an occasion steeped in tradition. The family arrives on Christmas Eve for afternoon tea and a black-tie dinner, along with the opening of presents. After breakfast on Christmas morning, they attend a church service followed by a country walk and games.

The Queen was forced to miss last year’s Christmas Day service because of a “heavy cold.” It was the first such service she had missed since she began celebrating Christmas at Sandringham in 1988.

Members of the royal family including Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attending a Christmas Day service at Sandringham in 2016.

Prince Harry and American actor Markle announced their engagement in November after months of speculation and appeared in public for their first official joint engagement just a few days later.

They will wed at Windsor Castle in May.