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British Royals

The Queen and members of The Royal Family attend Christmas Day Church Service at Sandringham


The Queen was joined by members of her family on Christmas morning at St Mary Magdalene Church for the traditional Christmas Day Service.

The Prince of Wales led the family into church on foot. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex followed behind alongside the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

The Duke of Edinburgh was absent from proceedings this year. Her Majesty instead travelled to church besides the Duke of York.

Members of The Royal Family arrived at Sandringham a couple of days ago.

On Christmas Eve, the family exchanged presents – though, by convention, gifts tend to be humorous and not of material value, with The Queen wishing to retain the core values of family at Christmas.

Christmas day itself consisted of breakfast before they set off to the annual Christmas church service with the whole family. The family will later return to the house before the traditional Christmas dinner is served.

Guests will then sit down to watch The Queen’s Christmas message on television at 3pm, with The Queen apparently leaving the room to watch it alone.

Members of the Royal Family will stay with The Queen at Sandringham until at least Boxing Day when the traditional Boxing Day shoot takes place. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will remain at Sandringham until after Accession Day (6th February), with the Duke typically staying on longer than Her Majesty.