Meghan Markle And Kate Middleton: Christmas Day Could Mark Their First Joint Appearance

Royal watchers can rejoice at the news that Christmas Day could mark their first glimpse of Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton together at an official royal engagement.

Kensington Palace confirmed Wednesday (December 13) that Markle will attend Christmas celebrations at the royal retreat in Sandringham, a small gathering of around 25 guests.

It is expected that the pair will be seen together alongside other members of the royal family when they make their way to church on Christmas morning, a well-established part of the royals' festive tradition.

Well-wishers from among the public tend to gather along the route to catch a glimpse of the Queen and her guests.

It will be the first time a royal fiancée has attended the gathering, according to The Times, further underlining the break with tradition already marked by the engagement of Prince Harry to Markle, an American divorcee.

Markle has already attended official engagements with Harry, accompanying him on a visit to Nottingham to meet some his favored charities, including a walkabout meeting with members of the public.

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She had a positive reception for the trip, with the Sunday Times writing that, "If there were any lingering doubts about Meghan Markle's appeal to the British public, they vanished under a torrent of ecstatic reviews of her first official outing in Nottingham."

But both Markle and Middleton did not accompany their significant others on a trip to the European premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. William and Harry made the trip as a pair, with the premiere held in aid of their charitable foundation.

The Christmas celebrations should provide plenty of chances for Markle to show off her fashion sense, previously described to Newsweek by Kim Winser, Founder & CEO of womenswear brand Winser London and ex-CEO of upmarket brands Aquascutum and Pringle of Scotland, as "confident, modern... different to that of Kate."

According to Visit Britain, the big day itself can involve as many as seven costume changes, as guests move between dog walks, meals and church visits.

The celebrations also take in Christmas eve, where the family arrive gradually, ending with Prince Charles, as the most senior royal apart from the Queen herself.

Christmas eve involves tree decorating, games of charades and the exchange of "cheap and cheerful" novelty gifts.

Markle and Harry gave their first public interview together to the BBC last month.

Of her new life as a royal, Markle said: "I don't see it as giving anything up. I see it as a change. It's a new chapter." Directing her words to Harry, she said: "Now it's time to work as a team with you."