The Royal Family Gather At Sandringham For Christmas Eve Service

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The Royal Family Gather At Sandringham For Christmas Eve Service

The royal family gather at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service at St. Mary Magdalene Church.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, 96, led the royals at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate this morning.

Prince Philip, with Prince Andrew walking by his side, looked in festive spirits as he strode purposefully past a small army of police officers at the royal estate in Norfolk.

Royal family gather at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service
Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and son, Prince Andrew

Queen arrived closely behind for the special Christmas Eve service, wearing an elegant pale blue skirt-suit

Her Majesty, 91, snuggled under a warm blanket in her royal car as she sat beside the Countess of Wessex.

Royal family gather at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service
The Queen arrives at the church with the Countess of Wessex

Prince Andrew’s daughter, Princess Beatrice looked stylish in a £1,995 plum coat by Burberry, while younger sister Eugenie opted for a steel-grey coat with matching headwear as they walked through the Sandringham grounds

Royal family gather at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service
Princess Beatrice, 29, looks beautiful in her wrap-over coat – and retails at around £1,995
Royal family gather at Sandringham for Christmas Eve service
Princess Eugenie, 27 looked chic in a steel-grey coat and heels with a matching head-piece

Security around the Sandringham estate was extra-tight, with police frisking watching members of the public.

Hundreds of well-wishers joined the throng outside the church this morning with expectations raised this year that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who announced their engagement in November, may be in attendance.

It was confirmed by Kensington Palace earlier this month that Meghan would join the royal family on Christmas Day.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: ‘You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.’

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