Royals attend Christmas Day service at Sandringhamon December 25, 2023 at 2:47 pm

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The Duchess of York accompanied the Royal Family on the walk for the first time in more than 30 years.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla arrive at church on Christmas DayImage source, PA Media

The King and Queen have attended a Christmas Day church service in Sandringham alongside the Prince and Princess of Wales and other royals.

Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were seen arriving at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Prince Andrew was also in attendance, accompanied for the first time in many years by ex-wife Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

The royals are spending Christmas at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

Fans from as far as the United States lined the route to the church to catch a glimpse of the family during their traditional Christmas morning.

The big talking point was the presence of the Duchess of York – she has not accompanied the family on the walk to the Christmas morning church service for more than 30 years.

But on Monday she was invited back into the heart of the Royal Family after receiving breast cancer treatment earlier this year.

The duchess was joined by her daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and their husbands Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Jack Brooksbank.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York

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The Prince and Princess of Wales with their three children George, Charlotte and Louis

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The Princess of Wales given flowers

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The King and Queen led their family on the short walk from Sandringham House to Mary Magdalene Church.

Many younger royals joined in on the occasion, with the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh’s two teenage children – Lady Louise and James, Viscount Severn – making an appearance.

Zara and Mike Tindall also brought two of their children along, with nine-year-old Mia Tindall taking charge of her cousin Prince Louis, clasping his hand as they walked in to church.

The Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh attending the Christmas Day morning church service

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King Charles III and Queen Camilla leaving church

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Prince Andrew is seldom seen in public since apologising for his links to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and no longer takes part in frontline royal duties.

The King has continued the tradition established by his mother Queen Elizabeth II of hosting members of the Royal Family at Sandringham House for Christmas.

Last year saw the royals return to the Norfolk property for their first post-pandemic Christmas since 2019.

Earlier today, the Prince and Princess of Wales released a new photo of their children George, Charlotte and Louis, to celebrate Christmas.

Prince Andrew speaking with a crowd

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Zara Tindall, Lena Tindall, Jack Brooksbank, Mike Tindall, Princess Eugenie, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

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Two women in bright red and green coats

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