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No sign of George and Charlotte at Sandringham Christmas service

Published 25/12/2015

The Queen arrived in Norfolk by train last week to oversee preparations for Christmas Day
The Queen arrived in Norfolk by train last week to oversee preparations for Christmas Day

Prince George and Princess Charlotte stayed inside as the Royal Family attended their traditional Christmas Day service.

Led by the Queen who arrived in a Bentley wearing a festive red dress coat, the rest of the family made their way from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church for the service which is held every year on the Sandringham estate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge smiled warmly as they arrived without their children. Wearing a green coat and matching hat, Kate seemed relaxed as she made conversation with Prince Harry.

They were joined by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

About 1,000 well-wishers gathered in the cold and wet to join in the festivities, which began with the National Anthem followed by the hymn Angels From The Realm Of Glory.

The Queen arrived in Norfolk by train last week to oversee preparations for Christmas Day on the estate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge had only a short journey to make to join the family, travelling from their home at nearby Anmer Hall.

As they left the service, the Queen waved to the crowds as some well-wishers shouted: "Merry Christmas Your Majesty."

William and Kate paused to chat with mother and daughter Jill and Vicky Symon, who had travelled from New Plymouth in New Zealand.

Vicky said: "They asked how we were and commented on the cold weather. They also told us how much they enjoyed their recent tour of New Zealand."

Harry had his photograph taken with Maureen, a teddy bear owned by the nearby Park House Leonard Cheshire home.

Paul Ashfield, who handed the bear to the prince, said: "We try to get as many royals as possible to pose with the bear.

"Harry has done it before and so has Prince Charles so it is great he was willing to do it again."

Many of the royals walked briskly back to the house as the rain began to fall. They will enjoy a Christmas lunch this afternoon.

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