Following communion, The Queen, Prince Philip, William, Kate and other royals were seen taking a walk on the estate before returning to change for the 11 a.m. service.
Kate walking alongside The Countess of Wessex.
The Duchess wrapped up in the coat she most notably wore to the wedding of Mark Tomlinson and Laura Bechtolsheimer in Swizerland. The stylish single-breasted piece appears to be a wool/cashmere blend with defined shoulders. It remains a UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object) at present. It is thought it might well be bespoke.
Below we see a closer look.
One of our lovely readers noted Kate's tartan scarf appears to be the Cashmere Mix Tartan Wrap in Claret by Really Wild Clothing - a brand the Duchess has worn for years. The £135 piece consists of claret and navy checks. It worked beautifully with the cream coat and it would have been a very practical choice taking the chilly weather this morning into consideration.
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William and Kate held hands as they made their way to the service. Churchgoers noted the couple looked "incredibly happy together". I do love to see these types of photos of our favourite royal couple, and it's very nice to see them looking so relaxed (and it's quite romantic too).
Prince George did not join his family this morning. Yesterday it was revealed this was a possibility, although dependent on little George's routine and the weather. I didn't think it would happen myself, although perhaps another year in the near future.
Around thirty members of the family made the walk this morning. The group arrived at The Queen's 20,000 acre Norfolk estate yesterday. In fact, it is such a full house at Sandringham this year, it has been reported some visitors have been put in servants rooms whilst members of staff are sharing rooms to accommodate everyone.
Other members of the Royal Family present were Prince Harry, who returned from an expedition in the South Pole just days ago, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, the Yorks, Wessexes, The Princess Royal and her family, including a heavily pregnant Zara Phillips. The late Princess Margaret's children also joined the group; Viscount Linley and his wife Serena (many will know Serena wore the Queen Mother's Papyrus tiara Kate wore to the annual Diplomatic reception for her wedding day) and Lady Sarah Chatto and her family.
Kate received flowers and exchanged Christmas wishes with the 5,000 strong crowd.
Kate told churchgoers George enjoyed opening his presents.
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The parish church of St Mary Magdalene is a country church of exceptional historical interest, with memorials to many members and relations of the Royal Family, from Queen Victoria onwards. The building dates back in its present form to the 16th century and is widely considered one of the finest carrstone buildings in existence. Today, it is regularly used a place of worship for the Royal Family and estate staff.
It is Kate's second Christmas with her in-laws. In 2011, the Duchess joined the Royal Family for the annual Church walk in an aubergine coat by an independent designer.
Following the church service, the royals made the walk back to Sandringham where they enjoyed a traditional Christmas lunch before viewing Her Majesty's annual Christmas speech. In the evening they will enjoy board games and television shows - very similar to millions of families all around the word. No doubt, it was an extra special year with the addition of Prince George.
Kate looked festive in her green tartan Alexander McQueen coat dress. The Duchess first wore it for a visit to her old prep school, St. Andrews in 2012.
The coat dress incorporates many elements from the Alexander McQueen Black Watch Coat. The McQ Fall/Winter 2012 piece is available via special order at Net-A-Porter for $7200. Cut from swatches of Black Watch Plaid, the mohair-blend coat "marries the romantic and theatrical influences of the collection."
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A look at the back.
Kate's matching hat is by milliner Gina Foster.
Kate teamed the coat with her trusty Aquatalia Rhumba Boots. The weatherproof stretch suede boots are available in sizes 4.5 - 12 at Nordstrom.
The Duchess accessorised with her Kiki McDonough green amethyst drop earrings, reportedly a Christmas present from William in 2011 and her Tissot watch. Kate's gloves are most likely by Cornelia James.
You can watch a video here!
The Queen's Christmas Speech can be viewed here, reflection is the central theme. There's some nice footage from George's christening too!
Before I sign off to join my family for Christmas lunch, I'd very much like to wish you all a very, very Happy Christmas. I hope it's a wonderful day for you and your loved ones.