Prince William and Kate Middleton are celebrating their first Christmas as the Prince and Princess of Wales. Since becoming official, the royals have been reviving the royal family’s long-standing Christmas traditions. They’ve hosted a church service at Sandringham estate, and attended a carol concert in Westminster Abbey. In addition, the children have taken part in their family’s traditional Christmas walk from the Sandringham estate to the church.
This was the first Christmas since the late Queen Elizabeth II’s death. Her absence was felt in the royal family’s festive celebrations, and the absence of her presence also marked the debuts of the younger members of the royal family. Although the older royals were on their best behavior, the youngest member of the family, Louis, acted like a sassy 10-year-old on the day. During the Trooping of the Colour ceremony, he pulled a tiff with his cousin Lena Tindall. However, Prince William and Kate praised their son as a highlight of the Jubilee celebrations.
The two older royals were accompanied by their wives at the church, where they joined Prince William and Kate in honoring the Queen. Their children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, also sat among the others. Previously, the children had been photographed attending the service with their parents in Bucklebury in 2016.
As expected, the royals will continue the tradition of giving the children gag gifts on Christmas Eve. A roast turkey lunch is anticipated as well. But while there’s nothing new to report from the royal household this year, the children have received some new gifts from outside the family. Prince William gave his children gold earrings from French brand Sezane.
Prince William wore a navy blue suit and white knee socks. His wife, Kate, wore a dark green coat. She also wore a Philip Treacy wide-brimmed hat with a feather. Earlier, the couple had attended the annual Christmas carol service at Westminster Abbey, where the abbey choir sang traditional carols and the children gathered to play nativity games.
Before the church service, the royals were joined by King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla. Afterward, they all went to the Sandringham estate for the annual Christmas service. It’s a royal household tradition to celebrate Christmas on the Sandringham estate, which is located in Norfolk, England.
Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte are the youngest of the royals, and they made their Christmas debuts this year. Prince George and Prince Louis are both 4 years old. Traditionally, the children have attended the Christmas Day service when they’re older, but this year, the young royals were able to participate in the walk from the estate to the church.
Among other highlights of the event, the royals watched King Charles deliver his first Christmas address as the monarch of Britain. Royals also listened to readings from Hugh Bonneville and Kristin Scott Thomas. During the service, the young royals sang along to festive music.
While the royal family has been on hiatus for the past two years, it looks as though the family is ready to get back on track. Prince William and Kate have a plan to return to the Sandringham estate for their annual Christmas outing.