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In pictures: Memorable royal Christmas moments over the years

A look back at some nostalgic and memorable Christmas moments for the royal family.

The Prince of Wales (L) and his sons Princes Harry and William (R) leave church on the Sandringham Estate after the traditional Christmas Day Service, attended by the Queen and other members of her immediate family (PA)
The Prince of Wales (L) and his sons Princes Harry and William (R) leave church on the Sandringham Estate after the traditional Christmas Day Service, attended by the Queen and other members of her immediate family (PA)

Members of the royal family traditionally exchange gifts at dinner on Christmas Eve, before attending a church service at St Mary Magdalene on the royal estate in Sandringham on Christmas Day.

Here, we take a look back at how they’ve celebrated in previous years, including the Queen giving her first Christmas broadcast in 1952, Diana, Princess of Wales turning on the Bond Street lights in 1993 and the Duchess of Cambridge taking part in drumming therapy with children in 2015.

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The Queen Mother is presented with a bouquet at Sandringham House in 1991 with the Queen, Diana, Princess of Wales and other royal family members (PA)
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Kate, William, Meghan and Harry spent Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham House in 2017
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Meghan Markle leaves on Christmas Day in 2017, five months before her wedding (PA)
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The Prince of Wales meets Father Christmas during a visit to Castell Coch in Tongwynlais, Cardiff in 2017 (PA)
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The Prince of Wales and sons Harry and William on the Sandringham estate on Christmas Day in 1997 (PA)
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Drumming music therapy at the Anna Freud Centre (PA)
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Diana, Princess of Wales arrives at Bond Street in London to turn on the Christmas lights in 1993 (PA)
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Zara Phillips impressed with this colourful hat at St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk on Christmas Day in 2008 (PA)
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The Duchess of Cornwall with a girl supported by Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity at Clarence House in December 2017 (PA)

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