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Meghan Markle makes a surprise appearance at the Queen's staff Christmas party

A guest at the festive event described the duchess-to-be as “charm personified.”

Meghan Markle is one step closer to becoming a fully-fledged royal after having attended her first royal Christmas party.
Queen Elizabeth II had her annual staff holiday party at Windsor Castle on Monday, where the 36-year-old reportedly wore a "festive red dress" and chatted to the Queen's employees alongside fiancé Prince Harry.
"Harry and Meghan spent about an hour at the party and they were really friendly and went around talking to everyone," a source told Hello Magazine of the appearance. "Meghan was very sweet and so beautiful."
The Daily Mail's royal reporter Rebecca English also confirmed the news, saying a source told her Meghan was "charm personified."
The partygoer continued, "She was unbelievably beautiful and Harry looked so proud."
The former actress will soon join the Queen and other senior members of the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham.
In a statement about the royals' plans for the festive season, Kensington Palace said: "You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms. Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day."
And while spending the festive season with your future in-laws mightn't seem out of the ordinary, in the royal realm it's a total break in tradition.
Meghan is the first non-married partner to score an invite to the coveted event. Of course, when Kate Middleton became engaged to Prince William in 2010, she spent that Christmas with her parents in Berkshire.
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Christmas with the royals is a serious production and every item on the agenda runs to a perfectly-time schedule.
Meghan is set for a jam-packed calendar of festive celebrations kicking things off with a black-tie dinner on Christmas Eve with key royal family members including husband-to-be Harry, Prince Charles, Duchess Camilla, The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince William and Duchess Catherine.
Cheap and cheerful presents are swapped on Christmas Eve - with a focus on humorous gifts instead of material. If Meghan is racking her brain as to what to get The Queen, Duchess Catherine has previously revealed she made her chutney!
Meghan will put her royal training to the test as she joins the royal family for a traditional church service on Christmas morning.
We can't wait to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children alongside Harry and his bride-to-be!
Christmas morning starts with a full English breakfast before heading to church for a morning service at St Mary Magdalene, followed by a 50-minute lunch, before gathering around the TV to watch The Queen's Christmas message at 3pm, and a round of pheasant shooting on Boxing Day -- it's certainly worlds away from eating leftover ham and watching the cricket like most Aussies do on the 26th!
But even the royals indulge in the silly season and they reportedly enjoy popping open bespoke Christmas crackers (everyone rocks the colourful hats except for Her Majesty), party games and charades.
The festive event will be the first of many for the brunette, who will wed Harry sometime in May in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
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