Join the Queen and the Cambridges for Christmas Day at Sandringham...
An early start for the Duchess of Cambridge and the rest of the royal family yesterday as they attended the traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church just outside the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
The Cambridges arrived hand-in-hand, much to the delight of the thousands of wellwishers who had lined the route to catch a glimpse of the royals. And while the Middleton family were pictured arriving, there was no sign of 17-month-old Prince George who Catherine told one member of the public was too noisy to join in the annual service.
Click through to see more pictures, and find out how Catherine and William broke with royal protocol yesterday…
Pregnant Catherine looked toasty in a brown tweed coat by classic British label, Moloh that we haven’t seen before. Royal-watchers think it might be the Turpin coat from the brand’s 2013 collection rather than a bespoke design.
As thrifty as ever, the final outfit touches included three wardrobe recycles – a matching brown hat from Lock and Company, brown courts by Emmy shoes and Cornelia James gloves.
Prince Harry stopped to wish those who had been waiting a Merry Christmas – and made a new friend!
Pixie, a little terrier in a patriotic red, white and blue knitted coat, couldn’t control her excitement when the Prince approached. She jumped up as he knelt down to stroke her causing lots of laughter from the crowd and Harry.
He also joked with members of the public that the singing from the family inside the church was ‘horrendous’.
The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales and Princess Anne were all in good spirits as they arrived at the church. The Duchess of Cornwall was notably absent though, she had stayed at home due to a bad back.
Queen Elizabeth II brightened up proceedings in a purple and red ensemble with silver brooch. She led the royal family at two traditional services yesterday at Sandringham.
White with a spash of colour was the order of the day for Princess Eugenie. She left the church with her father, Prince Andrew and sister, Princess Beatrice who had wrapped up in a polka dot coat.
The Countess of Wessex also opted for a white coat to keep out the chill for the short walk to and from the church.
The Duchess of Cambridge chatted to Princess Anne as they greeted the crowds together. Many had been waiting for hours outside the church. The family were inundated with festive cards and seasonal bouquets.
Breaking with tradition, Catherine and William spent the afternoon enjoying the festivities with the Duchess’ family in Norfolk, rather than the Queen.
William told the crowds that it was ‘a little bit cold’ for Prince George so they had left him at the nursery, reportedly adding that they were looking forward to seeing what destruction he had caused on their return!