Royals attend church service
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