Royal Family arrive for Christmas lunch with the Queen

The Duke of Edinburgh and the Countess of Wessex were among the first members of the royal family to arrive for the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch.

Philip was pictured sat in the front passenger seat of a car while Sophie drove herself to the Buckingham Palace event with her daughter Lady Louise Windsor sat beside her.

The Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor arriving for the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
The Countess of Wessex and her daughter Lady Louise Windsor arriving for the Queen’s Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace, London. Aaron Chown/PA Wire

The lunch is an annual fixture in the royal calendar with the Queen inviting large numbers of her family to her official London home before the festive break.

Also spotted arriving at the palace gates were the Princess Royal’s husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Autumn Phillips, the wife of the Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips, and Mike and Zara Tindall.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence also seen arriving at the palace for the Christmas lunch. Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence also seen arriving at the palace for the Christmas lunch. Aaron Chown/PA Wire

Senior members of the family are also expected, including the Prince of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.