Princess Charlotte curtseys to the Queen

The Royal Family Attend Church On Christmas Day

Princess Charlotte took after her mother the Duchess of Cambridge as she curtseyed to the Queen as she departed St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for the Christmas day service.

George, six, and four-year-old Charlotte walked the short distance from Sandringham House to the church hand in hand with their parents.

The Prince of Wales walked alongside them.

One-year-old Prince Louis stayed at the house.

The 93-year-old Queen, wearing a red coat and hat, arrived at the church in a maroon Bentley with the Duchess of Cornwall.

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The Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince George of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attempts a curtsey to the Queen at the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attempts a curtsey to the Queen as she attends the Christmas Day Church service with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Princess Charlotte reaches out to the Duchess of Cambridge after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince George of Cambridge (L) and Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Charlotte of Cambridge gets a hug from a member of the public at the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince George of Cambridge, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge with Princess Charlotte after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
(L-R) Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Britain's Princess Anne, Princess Royal, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales leave after attending the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte meet well wishers after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
The Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duchess of Cornwall after attending the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - (L-R) Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge and Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave after the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge leave after attending the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince George of Cambridge arrive for the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandri ngham, Norfolk, eastern England, on December 25, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 25: Princess Anne, Princess Royal and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2019 in King's Lynn, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II and The Countess of Wessex leave after attending a church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
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The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, who was discharged from hospital on Christmas Eve, was at Sandringham but did not attend church.

He had spent four nights at the King Edward VII Hospital in London to receive treatment for a "pre-existing condition".

Philip, who retired from public duties in 2017, did not attend last year's church service either despite being in good health at the time.

Royals attends Christmas Day Church service

The Duke of York, who has had a tumultuous end to the year after his disastrous appearance on the BBC's Newsnight programme, walked side by side with Charles to a private service at 9am but did not attend the 11am service.

Andrew remained at Sandringham House to spend time with the Duke of Edinburgh, a source said, which was the Duke of York's personal decision.

Andrew's attempt to explain his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein backfired and he was heavily criticised for showing a lack of empathy towards Epstein's victims and remorse over his friendship with the disgraced financier.

Royals attends Christmas Day Church service

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also absent this year, instead opting to spend seven-month-old Archie's first Christmas with the duchess's mother, Doria Ragland, in Canada.

Others attending the main morning service included Princess Beatrice and her fiance, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, the Princess Royal and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

The Queen walked unaided down the church steps after the service and left in her chauffeured car with Sophie, Countess of Wessex.

The Duchess of Cambridge, holding her daughter's hand, curtseyed to the Queen from the steps as the car departed.

Royals attends Christmas Day Church service

As they made the return journey after the service was over, the Cambridges spoke to well-wishers who were waiting to catch a glimpse of the royal family.

Gemma Clark, 39, who had travelled from Long Sutton in Lincolnshire with her family, gave Charlotte an inflatable flamingo and said she seemed pleased with the gift.

"She said 'Thank you'," said Ms Clark, who was in a wheelchair.

The flamingo was called Felicity, Ms Clark said, adding: "But Charlotte may call it whatever she likes now."

Royals attends Christmas Day Church service

"It was a birthday present," she explained. "My sister bought me it for my birthday and I truthfully didn't like it but we have adventures with her."

She said George and Charlotte were "brilliant" and that they both hugged her.

"It made my day," she added. "I've never seen the royal family, ever.

"This is my first time at Sandringham and I would love to do it again."

Back at the house, the family traditionally indulge in turkey, reared at Sandringham, before settling down to watch TV, including the Queen's Christmas Speech.

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