Queen Elizabeth II and senior members of the royal family - along with newcomer Meghan Markle, Prince Harry's American fiancee - attended a Christmas Day church service as a crowd of local residents gathered.
The 36-year-old, who is the first unmarried partner to join Britain's Royal Family at Christmas, has in the past publicly backed Hillary Clinton, attacked President Trump as "divisive" and "misogynistic", and used social media to express her opposition to Brexit.
The Christmas weekend marked Markle's first immersion in learning royal traditions since she and Harry announced their engagement last month - and there are many. "Meghan is elegant and chic and it is always an honor to see her in my designs", says Bojana Sentaler, president and creative director of Sentaler. "Even Prince Phillip has decided it's time to slow down a little, having, as he economically put it, 'done his bit.' But I know his support and unique sense of humor will remain as strong as ever as we enjoy spending time this Christmas with our family and look forward to welcoming new members into it next year".
Royal protocol traditionally allows only those who have married into the family to attend, but Queen Elizabeth gave Harry permission to bring Markle.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, rode to and from the service in a chauffeured Bentley with a horse-themed hood ornament, perhaps chosen by the Queen, who loves horses and horse racing.
He said there were "plenty" of traditions that Meghan had to learn about but said she did an "absolutely unbelievable job of getting in there". Harry also discussed in the BBC Radio 4 interview whether good friends Barack and Michelle Obama will be invited.
She posted it to Twitter, where is got 12,000 likes. "This pendulum is going to swing and 2018 is going to be a fantastic year and we all need to play our part".
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