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Royal Christmas - Kate and William leave George and Charlotte at home as they attend traditional Christmas service

Published 25/12/2015 | 11:55

KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Princess Royal arrives to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 25, 2015. Led by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, senior members of the family will make their way from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church for the traditional service which is held every year on the Norfolk estate. See PA story ROYAL Christmas. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Philip and Princess Anne arrive to attend the Christmas Day service at church in Sandringham, eastern England, December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
The Princess Royal arrives to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 25, 2015. Led by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, senior members of the family will make their way from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church for the traditional service which is held every year on the Norfolk estate. See PA story ROYAL Christmas. Photo credit should read: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrive ahead of Prince William and Kate, and other members of the royal family, to attend the Christmas Day service at church in Sandringham, eastern England, December 25, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: (L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles,Prince of Wales, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attends a Christmas Day church service at Sandringham on December 25, 2015 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Onlookers hoping to catch a glimpse of Prince George and Princess Charlotte were disappointed this morning and Kate and William flew solo at the traditional Christmas Day church service at Sandringham.

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Kate (33) looked stunning in a calf-length moss green coat and matching hat as she arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church flanked by her husband William and brother-in-law Prince Harry.

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also in attendance as was the Queen, who wore head to toe red, and the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornall, Prince andrew, The Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The Royal family will walk past the 1,000 or so well-wishers who gathered along the roadsides from early morning later today after a second service.

The crowd, many of whom are decked out in festive jumpers and union jacks, have been listening to the British National Anthem and the hymn Angels From the Realm of Glory.

It had been expected that Prince George would be in attendance but Kate and William arrived alone.

The Queen will today make her annual pre-recorded Christmas Day Speech, broadcast at at 3pm.

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