Crowds gather to see the Royal Family at Sandringham

Freedom Scott Tansley presents the Queen with a teddy bear at Sandringham Church. Picture: Chris Bishop Freedom Scott Tansley presents the Queen with a teddy bear at Sandringham Church. Picture: Chris Bishop

Tuesday, December 25, 2012
11:19 AM

Crowds gathered at Sandringham to catch a glimpse of the Royal Family as they celebrate Christmas.

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More than a thousand people turned out to greet the Royals as they attended their annual Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

The Queen did make the 11am service, having missed one on Sunday after she came down with a cold. But, rather than walking to the church, she arrived in a limousine, accompanied by her granddaughters - princesses Eugenie and Beatrice.

Wearing a turquoise coat dress and matching hat, she was wished a merry Christmas by wellwishers.

Prince Philip, who was forced to miss the occasion last year after he was hospitalised over a blocked coronary artery, led the Royal Family in walking into the church.

Also present were Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, with their daughter Lady Louise; and Prince Andrew.

The Princess Royal was accompanied by her son Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn, while also in attendance were the Princes Royal’s daughter Zara Phillips and her husband - England rugby star Mike Tindall.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are absent from the traditional Sandringham festivities.

Prince William and his pregnant wife are instead spending the day with the Middletons in Berkshire, while Harry is serving as an Apache pilot in Afghanistan.

Traditionally the whole family would gather at the Queen’s estate home over the festive period.

In Afghanistan, Prince Harry, like thousands of other servicemen, will celebrate Christmas with troops.

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