n's Christmas lunchKate Middleton and Prince William enjoyed their second Christmas meal in a row today as they tucked into the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined member
s of the extended Royal Family for a lavish two-hour turkey dinner in Buckingham Palace. It followed their visit to Bumpkin in Notting Hill on Tuesday, where they accompanied 27 members of their St James’s Palace Staff for a four-hour feast of food and mulled wine. The couple, who are expecting their first baby next summer, arrived separately for the lunch, a Royal Family tradition held a few days before Christmas every year. The Queen invites her entire extended family for the slap-up dinner - meaning even those who do not get invited to Sandringham on Christmas Day still get to celebrate in style. And the 40 guests gave her the perfect opportunity to use the gift of 60 placemats given to her by the Cabinet the day before. Also joining Kate and William at the table were Prince Charles and Camilla, Prince Andrew and daughters Beatrice and Eugenie and Prince Edward and wife Sophie. Prince Harry was not there as he is on duty in Afghanistan where he
will spend Christmas. Crowds outside the central London palace yesterday screamed as Kate, 30, arrived alone by car at about 1pm, shortly after William who was driven in with the Queen’s nephew David Armstrong-Jones. The couple left by Land Rover together two hours later. The Duchess, who is less than 12 weeks pregnant, has had a rough two weeks after being diagnosed with severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum. She was rushed to hospital by William and spent three nights on a drip in an unexpected twist that forced them to announce their pregnancy weeks earlier than planned. Her sickness also forced Kate to cancel four appearances, including a high-profile charity trading day and her attendance at the UK premiere of the new Hobbit film in London’s Leicester Square. But she was feeling “muc
h better” by the time she presented Bradley Wiggins with his Sports Personality of the Year Award in London’s ExCel on Sunday night and has enjoyed her two Christmas dinners since.