Christmas is a huge business for members of the royal family of Britsh. Each year, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip invite their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to their Sandrigum estate, where they attend a series of Christmas traditions and festivals. The Windsors gather for lunch, dinner, a lavish Christmas tea, a selection of gag gifts, some outdoor time, and two church services. The Queen is so devoted to her royal Christmas traditions that no one dares to miss her.
Despite the rumors of feuds between Prince William and Prince Harry, the British Royal Family on Christmas Day 2018, a united front, was a major royal family member missing in the clan. This is the real reason why Prince Phillip missed the Christmas service.
Traditionally, the Royals attend two services on Christmas Day, and both take place within three hours. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and her family attend a private service at 9am. Afterwards, they stroll through the streets of Sandringham and at 11am walk to St. Mary Magdalene to hold the public service. Why did Prince Philip cancel the services? 19659004] When the queen arrived in St. Mary Magdalene's car (the queen does not go), many people were stunned to see the British monarch leave the vehicle alone. The Duke of Edinburgh was nowhere to be found. Although he had some health problems this year, a spokesman for the palace has assured the public that the 97-year-old is doing well. They said to The Sun, "Philip is in good health and spends the day privately."
Although the prince officially left his royal duties in August 2017, he appeared in public at several events, including Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markles Wedding and Princess Eugenie's wedding with Jack Brooksbank. According to The Telegraph "The Duke," the Duke now operates "wake up and see how I feel as a base." Maybe the duke just did not feel like defying the cold, bubbly air that morning.
The queen still returned her husband of over 70 years with a Grima Ruby brooch, which he brought along during her Christmas address in 1966.
Another Blatant Absence
Prince Philip was not the only royal absence at the Christmas service on Christmas day. Although the younger Royals are not normally expected to visit the church until they are five years old – it was Duchess Camilla Parker Bowles, the wife of Prince Charles, whose absence was also worrisome.
The Duchess of Cornwall unfortunately feels sick and is still recovering from a pretty bad cold. The Duchess could not even attend the Queen's Christmas dinner at Buckingham Palace last week. With a pregnant daughter-in-law and her lively grandchildren, we can see why the Duchess has withdrawn this year. Besides, it looks like the royals had a great Christmas.
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