In pictures: Memorable royal Christmas moments over the years

Members of the royal family traditionally exchange gifts at dinner on Christmas Eve, before attending a church service at St Mary Magdalene on the royal estate in Sandringham on Christmas Day.

Here, we take a look back at how they’ve celebrated in previous years, including the Queen giving her first Christmas broadcast in 1952, Diana, Princess of Wales turning on the Bond Street lights in 1993 and the Duchess of Cambridge taking part in drumming therapy with children in 2015.

Sandrignham Royal family at Christmas
Sandrignham Royal family at Christmas
Royals attends Christmas Day with Queen
Royals attends Christmas Day with Queen
Royals attends Christmas Day Church service
Royals attends Christmas Day Church service
Royalty – Queen Elizabeth II – Christmas Broadcast – Sandringham House, Norfolk
Royalty – Queen Elizabeth II – Christmas Broadcast – Sandringham House, Norfolk
Queen’s Christmas broadcast
Queen’s Christmas broadcast
Royal visit to Wales
Royal visit to Wales
Prince Charles at Xmas service
Prince Charles at Xmas service
Royals attends Christmas Day Church service
Royals attends Christmas Day Church service
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre
Royal visit to the Anna Freud Centre
DIANA/BOND ST/XMAS LIGHTS
DIANA/BOND ST/XMAS LIGHTS
ROYAL Christmas
ROYAL Christmas
Charles visit to Bedfordshire
Charles visit to Bedfordshire
Royals attend Christmas service
Royals attend Christmas service
Clarence House Christmas tree
Clarence House Christmas tree
Prince Harry At the St Mary Magdalene Church celebrating Christmas
Prince Harry At the St Mary Magdalene Church celebrating Christmas