Friday 23 August 2019

Prince George and Princess Charlotte dress in their Christmas best as they attend church with the Middletons

The British royal family at Christmas
The British royal family at Christmas
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
Autumns Phillips with her daughter arriving at the Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
(Left-right) Michael Middleton, James Matthews and James Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right), Prince George, Princess Charlotte followed by Carole, James and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
Pippa Middleton, James Matthews and Michael Middleton leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
Prince George eats a sweet as he leaves following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
(Left-right) Michael Middleton, James Matthews and James Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
(Left-right) Michael Middleton, James Matthews, James Middleton, Pippa Middleton and Carole Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
James Middleton (front), Pippa Middleton, Carole Middleton (left), James Matthews (back left) and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Their parents are two of the most famous people in the world but as usual, it was all about Princess Charlotte and Prince George.

The adorable royal babies stole the show as they accompanied their parents to church on Christmas Day with Kate Middleton's family near the family home in Berkshire.

This year, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted to spend the holidays with her family instead of with William's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and other members of the royal family at Sandringham Estate.

And George (three) and Charlotte (one) looked chuffed as they were pictured making their way into St Mark's Church in Englefield, dressed in their Sunday best.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

In a nod to more traditional Christmas attire, Charlotte was wearing a pair of red cable knit tights, black buckle shoes and a navy coat, while George was wearing a grey peacoat and navy blue knee socks.

They were joined by Kate's parents Michael and Carole, brother James and sister Pippa and her fiancé James Mathews, who are expected to wed at the same church next May.

William and Kate were reportedly keen to make Christmas less about formality with more of a focus on the children more in keeping with the celebrations Kate experienced as a child.

"Since they had children, Kate and Prince William have been slowly making a couple of changes each year. Kate’s goal is to make Christmas more of a close family occasion, and less of a formal one," a source told Closer magazine.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right), Prince George, Princess Charlotte followed by Carole, James and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (right), Prince George, Princess Charlotte followed by Carole, James and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

Meanwhile, Britain's Queen Elizabeth will miss the annual Christmas Day church service at Sandringham with her family as she is still recovering from a heavy cold, Buckingham Palace has said.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had delayed their trip to the private Sandringham estate by a day after they both became ill.

But they were well enough to travel from Buckingham Palace by helicopter to the Queen's home near King's Lynn in Norfolk on Thursday.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "Her Majesty the Queen will not attend church at Sandringham this morning.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
The Duke of Cambridge and Prince George leave following the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

"The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery. Her Majesty will participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day."

James Middleton (front), Pippa Middleton, Carole Middleton (left), James Matthews (back left) and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.
James Middleton (front), Pippa Middleton, Carole Middleton (left), James Matthews (back left) and Michael Middleton arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire.

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