Sandringham is full of royal cheers on Christmas Day - SEE PICS

Royals attending Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church
The Queen receiving flowers

Royals attending Christmas Day service at Sandringham Church The Queen receiving flowers

Thousands of people gathered at the Sandringham estate on a bright crisp 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 service at Sandringham Church.

Some had waited for hours but were denied a glimpse of Prince George, who is spending his first Christmas at the estate. Speculation was high throughout the week whether the new addition to the family would attend but the youngster remained in the house.

But his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at St Mary Magdalene church hand in hand, and were greeted warmly by the crowds.

Most of the family walked the short distance between the house and the church, with the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Andrew leading the way.

The Queen, who was wearing an orange coat, arrived in a Bentley with the heavily pregnant Zara Tindall.

Just before the family’s arrival at church, a skywriter added to the festivities by adding a face, a kiss and possibly a heart.

After the service, which was led by the Rev Jonathan Riviere, the family chatted with the crowds while the Queen and the Duchess of Cambridge collected flowers from the hundreds of children.

Anna Fairbrother, four, handed flowers to Lady Louise. She said: “I was happy to give the flowers to Lady Louise but I really wanted to give them to the Queen.”

The Cambridges and Prince Harry, still sporting a beard, were the last to leave wellwishers.

Swaffham couple Tony and Margaret Garrod were among the crowds.

Mrs Garrod said: “It has made our Christmas morning. I really enjoy coming. People say the royals are not important but they are.”




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