The Royal Family arrived at Sandringham for the Christmas church service — but a few members were missing

Joe Giddens – PA Images / GettyPrince Philip, The Duke of Cambridge, The Duchess of Cambridge, The Duchess of Sussex, and the Duke of Sussex.
  • The Royal Family attended the church service at Sandringham today.
  • But a few members were missing.
  • Prince Philip, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, and Doria Ragland didn’t attend.

The Queen and other members of the Royal Family arrived at Sandringham for the Christmas church service.

Hundreds of people were waiting to watch them arrive. But a few key members of the family were missing this year.

Prince Philip stayed at home, but is said to be in good health. The Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla, also didn’t attend because of a heavy cold.

Another absent family member is Meghan Markle’s mother, Doria Ragland, who politely declined the invitation of spending Christmas with the Royal Family.

Meghan Markle Doria Ragland hotelWPA Pool/Getty ImagesMeghan Markle and Doria Ragland.

Meghan and Harry are staying at the main Sandringham estate with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. There was a strict protocol as to who should arrive at the estate first.

“As with other royal engagements and visits, there’s a pecking order,” James Brookes, royal commentator at Royal Central,told the Express. “The more junior members of the family arrive first, with the senior royal following.”

Royals christmas churchSamir Hussein / GettyThe Royal Family.

Queen Elizabeth II had to face some rain when she left for the church service this morning.

Queen Elizabeth ChristmasJoe Giddens – PA Images / ShutterstockThe Queen gets into her car.

But the skies were brighter when she arrived.

Despite rumours of a feud, Meghan and Kate were all smiles.

Kate meghanStephen Pond / GettyKate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

Newlyweds Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank also attended the service.

Eugenie and jackPAUL ELLIS / GettyPrincess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

As did her sister Princess Beatrice of York.

BeatricePAUL ELLIS / GettyPrincess Beatrice of York.

Meghan and Kate were more than happy to meet some of the public who had been waiting patiently for them.

Meghan publicPAUL ELLIS / GettyMeghan Markle meets the public.
Kate publicPAUL ELLIS / GettyKate Middleton talks to the people.

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