Royals on Christmas: George and Charlotte enjoy candy canes ... differently

Royals on Christmas: George and Charlotte enjoy candy canes ... differently


The family was at St Mark's church in Englefield to celebrate the holiday with the Middleton family.

As such they attended a morning service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire, bringing along their two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

In more serious news, Queen Elizabeth skipped this particular service for the first time due to a "heavy cold", according to CNN, though she's expected to participate in the rest of the royal Christmas festivities once the family returns from church.

Prince William and Kate arrive at the church with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

In past years the royal couple has spent Christmas day at the Queen's country home at Sandringham. Awww! The cute kids were seen nibbling on candy canes when they left the church later in the morning.

The duchess, who made a classic appearance in a burgundy Hobbs fur-trimmed coat with coordinating heels, held onto Princess Charlotte, who was clad in a navy coat with thick red tights, Mary Janes, and a red ribbon in her hair.

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Andrew Matthews Reuters

The last time the couple stayed away from the traditional royal gathering was in December 2012, shortly after Kate was discharged from hospital having been treated for severe morning sickness when she was pregnant with George.

Photos captured Princess Kate carrying her three-year-old daughter while Prince George stood sucking on a candy cane while his father spoke to the local priest.

She later went by helicopter once she had recovered a little, but was too unwell to go to church this year.

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A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: "Her Majesty The Queen will not attend Church at Sandringham this morning". Also present were The Duchess of Cambridge's parents, her brother, James, and sister, Pippa.

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