Royal family attends traditional Christmas service

Members of Britain royal family attended the traditional Christmas service.

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2010, 20:09 PM IST

London: Members of Britain`s royal family attended the traditional Christmas morning service at their Sandringham Estate in eastern England on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II arrived by car at St Mary Magdalene Church, bundled in a winter coat and large furry hat.

Scores of onlookers lined a pathway to watch as other members of the royal family, including Prince Harry, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, arrived on foot.

Prince William and his fiancee Kate Middleton were not there because William is on Royal Air Force duty in Wales.

Middleton is believed to be spending Christmas Day at her family`s home in Bucklebury, west of London.

After the short service, Charles stopped to chat with those who had braved the cold to catch a glimpse of the royal family.

Police estimated that more than 1,000 people had turned out, many wielding cameras and carrying flowers for the queen and her family.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and his daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie also were in attendance and mingled with onlookers before the group headed back to the estate for lunch.

Later, the family will watch the broadcast of the queen`s annual Christmas message. Recorded several days before Christmas, the speech will focus on how sports can be used to build community.
The royals, whose holiday schedule is usually private except for the church service, typically take a Christmas walk through the woods after watching the broadcast.

Bureau Report