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Charles and Camilla lead Royals attending Christmas Day service at St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Members of the Royal Family have been seen attending the Christmas Day service at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday 25 December.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla joined Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex alongside Prince Richard and his wife Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester were seen at the chapel inside Windsor Castle grounds for the special service.

It's understood the Queen didn't attend church but worshiped privately due to the coronavirus spread.

The Queen will not be making any public appearances on Christmas Day due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in a move which saw the monarch change her Christmas plans at the last minute.

This year will mark the second year the Queen has not spent Christmas at the Sandringham Estate since 1988.

Last year, the monarch spent Christmas at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip, who passed away age 99 in April this year.

Queen Elizabeth, 95, changed her Christmas plans at the last minute due to the Omicron Covid-19 variant spreading rapidly across the country.

Despite cancelling plans to travel to Sandringham, she will still be surrounded by her family, but the Royals will reportedly take sensible precautions.


The Queen had hoped to spend the first Christmas since her beloved husband's death at the Norfolk estate surrounded by family as it is a place both she and her last husband loved so dearly.

She also usually takes part in an annual Christmas day walkabout at Sandringham where hundreds of people travel to the royal estate in the hopes of shaking hands with the monarch, but this is also understood to have been cancelled.

One Royal tradition that will take place this year is the airing of the Queen's Christmas speech.

The speech is expected to be personal this year and include a tribute to her late husband Prince Philip.


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Queen Elizabeth recorded the annual broadcast earlier this month, before her decision to spend the festive period at Windsor.

In the broadcast, she is seen wearing a sapphire brooch, which she wore on her honeymoon in 1947.

She is sat next to a photograph of herself and her beloved husband the Duke of Edinburgh, which was taken on their diamond wedding anniversary in 2007.

The monarch is wearing the same sapphire brooch in the picture, too.

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