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The royals roll up for their traditional festive lunch at Buckingham Palace

By Tony Jones

The royal family's annual Buckingham Palace get-together ahead of the Christmas holidays has seen Prince Harry arriving with nephew Prince George and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh traditionally host a festive lunch for their family before leaving for Sandringham, where they spend the holidays.

Harry, George and Kate travelled together in a chauffeur-driven vehicle. The two-year-old Prince was strapped into a child seat in the rear next to the Duchess, while his uncle was a front-seat passenger.

Among the first to arrive was Autumn Phillips, wife of the Queen's grandson Peter Phillips.

She was soon followed by Princess Eugenie, the Duke of Kent, Lady Helen Taylor, the Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Earl of Wessex.

Former England rugby player Mike Tindall drove to the palace with wife Zara Phillips in the seat beside him.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, who have released their new Christmas card, were also among the guests for the Christmas lunch.

A number arrived on foot including the Princess Royal's husband, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence.

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