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While we prepare to head to Aunt Marjie’s (hey, that’s what mulled wine is for), the royal family will head to their traditional Christmas outpost: Sandringham Estate in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England. 

But this year’s festivities will be one for the record books. Why? Because Meghan Markle is on the invite list. Yep, Markle will be the first almost-royal to join the Christmas celebrations at the estate. Not even Kate Middleton was allowed to tag along when she and Prince William were engaged in 2011. 

Let’s see what all the fuss is about, shall we?

Sandringham Estate
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The home has been in the family since 1862. Think this photo is impressive? Let’s look at an aerial view.

Sandringham Estate aerial view
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Yup. So much space for holiday activities.

Sandringham House gardens
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Did we mention there are 60 acres of lush gardens? Lots of room for romantic walks when family time gets to be too much.

Queen Elizabeth Christmas Sandringham
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Queen Lilibet has visited the estate every Christmas of her entire life. Here she is giving her first Christmas broadcast to the nation from Sandringham House in 1952.

Prince William Harry Princess Diana Sandringham
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Prince William and Prince Harry came here as children, too.

Anmer House Sandringham
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When visiting Sandringham now, Prince William, Kate Middleton and their royal brood stay in this ten-bedroom guesthouse called Anmer Hall. Fun fact: Princess Diana was actually born in this house.

Queen Elizabeth Sandringham
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Here are Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother and Prince William at Christmas Day services at St. Mary Magdalene Church, which is on the property and is where Princess Charlotte was baptized.

Are you ready for all this, Meghan Markle? Duh.

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