Kate Middleton attends the Queen's pre-Xmas lunch

Friday December 17, 2010

Kate Middleton was welcomed into the royal fold this week as she joined senior members of the Windsor family at the Queen's annual pre-Christmas lunch.

The 28-year-old brunette accompanied her fiancé Prince William to the Buckingham Palace soiree for the first time.

Among the 50 guests who attended were Prince Harry, Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Zara and Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn Kelly.

Some of the invitees won't be able to make it to Sandringham – the Queen's private estate in Norfolk – for Christmas.

Prince William won't be there as he's working as a RAF search and rescue pilot.

Kate, meanwhile, will be spending one last Christmas with her family.

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