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Royal Family attend Christmas Day Church service

The Queen and other senior members of the royal family came together on Christmas morning as they attended the traditional Christmas day service at Sandringham’s nearby church.

Her Majesty arrived at the church by car, whilst the other royals travelled by foot.

She walked into St Mary Magdalene church wearing a bright red coat with a transparent umbrella to protect her from the Norfolk weather.

Following Her Majesty into church behind her were The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall, the Cambridges, prince Harry, the Yorks, the Wessexs, The Princess Royal, and other royal guests who are staying with the Queen.

The crowds gathered outside the church were left slightly disappointed as Prince George and Princess Charlotte did not attend the service. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge decided it was best to leave them at home in the warm instead of bringing them out into the rain.

The Cambridge family have stayed at Sandringham this year, having spent Christmas with the Middleton family last year. The total number of royals that the Queen was hosting this week stood at a grand total of 33.

So many members were at Sandringham, some guests had to stay in the servants quarters with the staff having to find alternate accommodation on the Sandringham estate.

The church service is the only public appearance the Royal Family make on Christmas day, spending the rest of the day at Sandringham House together for Christmas lunch and other festivities.

Many members of the Royal Family will take part in the traditional boxing day shoot tomorrow before festivities draw to a close and the royals return home.

Later today at 15:00 GMT, the Queen’s Christmas message will be broadcast across the UK and Commonwealth. This year’ message focuses hope in ‘moments of darkness’ where she reflects on her own religious views.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to remain at Sandringham until early to mid February before returning to London.

Featured image credit: Northern Ireland Office/MTHurson/Harrions

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