- 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 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.”
Queen Elizabeth II had to face some rain when she left for the church service this morning.
But the skies were brighter when she arrived.
Despite rumours of a feud, Meghan and Kate were all smiles.
Newlyweds Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank also attended the service.
As did her sister Princess Beatrice of York.
Meghan and Kate were more than happy to meet some of the public who had been waiting patiently for them.
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