Why Princess Eugenie and the Duchess of Cornwall missed the Queen’s Christmas lunch

The royal family kicked off their Christmas festivities by gathering for the annual pre-Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace.

Hosted by the Queen, the event brings together members of the extended royal family to celebrate the season, before Her Majesty retreats to her Sandringham Estate ahead of December 25th.

Royal family members turned up to the event in full force in a fleet of cars. And those in attendance included the Cambridge’s – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte, accompanied by their nanny Maria Turrion Borrallo.

It’s not clear whether Prince Louis was part of the party.

A smiling Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also spotted making their way through the gates of Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles, Prince Philip, alongside Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice, were also spotted making their way into the Queen’s official London residence.

Mike and Zara Tindall also made the journey to the capital from their home in Gloucestershire for the occasion, although their children, four-year-old Mia and six-month old baby Lena, appeared to have not been present.

Princess Anne and husband Timothy Laurence were also in attendance, alongside the Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and their daughter Lady Louise.

Other less prominent members of the royal family present included Autumn Phillips – the wife of Princess Anne’s oldest son Peter Phillips – and her daughter Savannah.

However, two prominent members of the royal family who were notably absent were Princess Eugenie and the Duchess of Cornwall.

While it’s not clear why they appeared to turn down the invitation, we do know that the Princess attended an event for Pass on Plastic on Tuesday, according to her Instagram.

Prince Andrew’s youngest daughter has designed a reusable water bottle and canvas bag in aid of We Are Project Zero, a global movement, which will focus on “working together to restore and protect the ocean”.

This would have been the first Christmas lunch that Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank would have spent together as a married couple, and they were no doubt missed.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also missed one of the key fixtures in the royal Christmas calendar, with Clarence House confirming that this was due to her having “a heavy cold”.

Still, we imagine that those who could make it had a royally good time, with the menu sure to include a delicious festive spread prepared by Buckingham Palace chefs.