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Sat 21st April, 2018

What did Meghan Markle get The Queen for Christmas?

We don’t often find out what the Royal Family buy one another for Christmas, but it seems Meghan Markle’s first Christmas present to The Queen was a hit with the Monarch – but not much liked by Her Majesty’s beloved corgis!

Meghan, 36, joined the festive gathering at Sandringham this year, before she marries Prince Harry at Windsor in May, and was spotted walking to church on Christmas morning, hand-in-hand with her fiance.

The Royal Family follow the German tradition of gift opening on Christmas Eve, and – being who they are – presents are all joke-items or handmade gifts, like jams. One year, Princess Anne reportedly bought a white leather toilet seat for Prince charles – which he loves(!) and Prince Harry gave his grandmother a shower cap, bearing the words ‘Ain’t life a bitch!’.

Meghan Markle joined The Queen at St. Mary Magdalene Church on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk, for the Christmas Day service. Picture by Andrew Parsons / i-Images

The Daily Star reports that the American actress gave The Queen a a singing toy hamster! Ms Markle’s present to The Queen was popular with the Monarch – but not her dogs.

“It can keep my dogs company!” the 91-year-old reportedly said of the gift, laughing. But it was soon snatched away by her curious corgis, who are notoriously yappy and often bite at guests’ ankles!

“Meghan bought a little hamster that sings with a little rope for Her Majesty,” the paper quotes a source. “It was so funny, especially when the corgis tried to take hold of the toy.”

The Royal Family exchange gifts of Christmas eve;
meghan reportedly bought the queen a singing hamster toy! (Bigstock)

Each family, like the Wessexes, the Cambridges and the Yorks have a table each laid out with their gifts in the dining room at Sandringham House.

Two church services, a lunch, and a formal dinner follow on Christmas Day – and of course, watching Her Majesty’s speech!

Earlier today, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh for a Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, just a short walk from the house.

Pippa and James Matthews – Catherine’s sister and brother-in-law, also attended the service.

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Prince Phillip walks to church with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Sandringham. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

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Victoria has a passion for British history and Constitutional Monarchy, hence her reasons for founding The Crown Chronicles. Her specialism is the Early Modern era, with particular emphasis on the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. She is also a keen reader (usually something historical), baker and shopper. Her motto is to have a full bookcase, but a fuller wardrobe. Miss Howard also works closely with the British Monarchist Foundation as their Press Secretary and Spokesman.

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