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Record crowds gather at Sandringham to say Merry Christmas to the Royal family

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their way to church.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their way to church.

Record crowds gathered at Sandringham this morning to wish the Royal family a merry Christmas.

An estimated 5,000 people lined up to see the Queen and other members of the Royal family as they attended the traditional Christmas service at Sandringham Church.

Unfortunately they were denied a glimpse of Prince George, who is spending his first Christmas at the estate, but his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at church hand in hand.

The Queen arrived for the 45 minute service in a Bentley with the heavily pregnant Zara Tindall while the other members of the family walked the short distance between the house and the church with the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew leading the way.

Hundreds of youngsters patiently waited to present flowers and toys to the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge who were helped by the Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise, along with Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Among those who presented flowers to the royal family was four-year-old Anna Fairbrother, who gave flowers to Lady Louise. She said: “I was happy to give flowers to Lady Louise but I wanted to give them to the Queen.”

Swaffham couple Margaret and Tony Garrod travelled to Sandringham with their family to wish the Royals well.

Mrs Garrod said: “It makes our Christmas day. People say the Royals are not important but they are.”

 

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