Roy­als at­tend church ser­vice

Townsville Bulletin - - Who’s who -

QUEEN El­iz­a­beth II and se­nior mem­bers of Bri­tain’s royal fam­ily made their an­nual Christ­mas Day out­ing to church on Mon­day to at­tend morn­ing ser­vice.

The 80-year-old monarch, dressed in a cherry-coloured hat and pink coat, led the way into Saint Mary Ma­gadalen Church, near her coun­try re­treat at San­dring­ham in Nor­folk, east­ern Eng­land.

She greeted some of the 500 or so well-wish­ers who had gath­ered on the sprawl­ing wooded es­tate and was helped in col­lect­ing flow­ers by four-year-old Mar­garita Arm­strong-Jones, daugh­ter of her nephew Vis­count Lin­ley.Also in at­ten­dance at the ser­vice were the Queen’s hus­band, Prince Philip, 85, the cou­ple’s four chil­dren: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Ed­ward, their spouses and chil­dren.

But one no­table ab­sen­tee was Charles’ youngest son, Prince Harry, 22.He missed out on the tra­di­tional gath­er­ing be­cause he is on duty with his army reg­i­ment.

Harry’s elder brother, army of­fi­cer William, 24, was not ac­com­pa­nied by girl­friend Kate Mid­dle­ton but in her ab­sence re­ceived a kiss from a fe­male well-wisher.

CLOCK­WISE FROM ABOVE: Queen El­iz­a­beth II ar­rives at St Mary Mag­da­lene Church on the San­dring­ham Es­tate; the Queen’s grand­daugh­ter Zara Phillips; Prince William; Princess Eu­ge­nie

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