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Queen Elizabeth II celebrates Christmas before the annual speech



Queen Elizabeth II And other members of the British royal family received cheers from a Christmas crowd as they arrived for a service on Tuesday at the site of one of the monarchs' estates.

A Chauffeur The limousine brought 92-year-old Elizabeth to St. Mary Magdalene Church, while younger Royals were leaving the Queen's magnificent country home in Sandringham.

Prince Charles went ahead, followed by his sons: Prince William and his wife Catherine and Prince Harry and his pregnant wife Meghan.

Harry and Meghan, who are expecting their first child in spring, walk arm in arm next to William and Catherine. Many in the crowd wished them "Merry Christmas" as they strolled to the church in the English countryside.

  The British Prince William left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and right, Prince Harry at the St. Mary Magdalene Church Christmas Service in Sandringham, Norfolk (England), Tuesday, December 25, 2018, participate.

The British Prince William left, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, second left, Meghan Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, right, you arrive to attend the Christmas service at the St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham in Norfolk, England , Tuesday, December 25, 2018.
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During the service, the congregation sang the traditional Christmas carols "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come All Ye Faithful."

After 45- After a few minutes of worship, people gave them flowers when they went back to nearby Sandringham House to spend a family holiday with a traditional Christmas dinner. The husband of the queen, Prince Philip, who is 97 years old and largely retired from public life, did not attend the service. Charles & # 39; s wife Camilla, who is recovering from the flu, has also missed the church.

Princess Charlotte, 3, and eight-month-old Prince Louis, also stayed at home.

Prince Andrew, the son of the Queen, arrived by car with his mother, and Princess Eugenie, another of the Queen's granddaughters, arrived at Brooksbank with husband Jack.

On Christmas Eve, a practice prized by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the British queens usually exchange small gifts. The queen usually wrinkles the extravagant gifts and many of the gifts are novelties.

When the queen was younger, Christ mas meant a spirited family wandering through the woods at Christmas, or a horseback excursion.

The Queen's annual recorded message to Britain and the 52 other Commonwealth nations is scheduled to be televised in the afternoon.

Elizabeth made her First Christmas Day broadcast on Radio 1952, the year she rose to the throne.


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