Royal Family Christmas at Sandringham, 2017 vs. 2018

What a difference a year makes.

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It's the most wonderful time of the year: All of your favorite royals (read: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Queen Elizabeth II, and more) are gathering at the Queen's Sandringham estate to attend their annual Christmas service and spend the holiday together.

Though Meghan wasn't officially a duchess this time last year, the Queen still invited her to attend the festivities and spend quality time with the royal family. So much has happened since then with Meghan alone—her weddingher pregnancyher first charity initiativeher first royal tour, etc.—it's fascinating to see photos of the royal family at this time last year knowing how much everyone has experienced since.

Kate and Will had plenty of life changes of their own—including the birth of their third child Prince Louis, their two eldest children Prince George, 5, and Princess Charlotte, 3, participating in stealing the show at two different weddings, Kate becoming an aunt to her sister Pippa Middleton's first child, and the Duchess of Cambridge's official return from maternity leave.

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Even Queen Elizabeth experienced some big life changes, like officially passing on her duties like the royal patronage to the Fab Four. Of course, we can't forget about Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank who got married only a few months ago as well.

To put it simply, the royal family had themselves a year. Here's the whole clan at Sandringham last year:

Members Of The Royal Family Attend St Mary Magdalene Church In Sandringham

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Members Of The Royal Family Attend St Mary Magdalene Church In Sandringham

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Members Of The Royal Family Attend St Mary Magdalene Church In Sandringham

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Meghan wore a darker ensemble than last year, complete with a similarly shaped (but, again, darker) hat and matching bag. Kate wore a vibrant red coat with a matching fascinator, and the two chatted amiably as they entered the church. The most obvious difference between this year and last year, of course, is that Kate was pregnant with Prince Louis at the time, and now Meghan is expecting the latest addition to the royal family.

What a difference a year makes.

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Rachel Epstein

Rachel Epstein is an editor at Marie Claire, where she writes and edits culture, politics, and lifestyle stories ranging from op-eds to profiles to ambitious packages. She also manages the site’s virtual book club, #ReadWithMC. Offline, she’s likely watching a Heat game, finding a new coffee shop, or analyzing your cousin's birth chart—in no particular order.