This Sunday we got to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge again, in a surprise appearance at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. The couple stepped out to attend the morning service along with Kate’s parents, Carole and Michael Middleton and her majesty the Queen.
Their three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis were not present, most likely staying at Anmer Hall, where the family-of-five have been staying during the festive season. The royal couple looked stylish as ever, with Kate wearing a purple jacket teamed with a navy trilby, while Prince William went with the always classy suit and tie. Last week, the Queen attended church with Prince Charles, Princess Anne and Prince Edward, who arrived with his wife the Countess of Wessex and daughter Lady Louise Windsor.
Prince William and Kate Middleton have been using this time off, both from school and royal duties, to focus on family and spend time with their three children. All of them will be returning to London later today to prepare for the new school term on Monday. Both Prince George and Princess Charlotte will return to their school Thomas’s Battersea tomorrow.
The two young royals made their walkabout debut on Christmas Day this year, walking to and from church alongside their parents in Sandringham. Charlotte was the highlight of the entire event, capturing everyone’s attention with her usual charm. During the walk from the church service, the Princess had the chance to talk to some of the people gathered to see them. She was gifted a pink inflatable flamingo by a lady in a wheelchair and gave her a hug in return.
She also chatted with Karen Anvil, known for her famous photo of the ‘fab four’ photo of the Cambridges and Sussexes walking together to the church in 2017. Karen gave Charlotte a doll, which the young royal was pictured accepting from her.
No doubt the Cambridges had a great Christmas, both the young and the old. While it is a private affair, Zara Tindall’s husband, Mike Tindall, has previously given an insight into the family’s traditions at Sandringham. During a conversation on House of Rugby in 2018, the former rugby star was asked whether Christmas is good at the castle, to which he replied: “Yeah it is good.
So Christmas Day is a little quieter because it’s actually a cold buffet because they give everyone the day off, and their big day is Christmas Eve.” Mike also explained that the family all sit around to watch the Queen’s speech together “with a little glass of something.” Last year, the Downton Abbey Christmas special was a popular choice with many other family members when it came to television choices. “I don’t watch it, but there’s a lot of people who do,” he said.