Kate misses royal church service

Kate misses royal church service

There had been rumours that Prince William and Catherine would attend the service after spending Christmas Day with her family

The Queen receives flowers from children as she leaves St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk

The Duke of Edinburgh as he arrives at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk to attend a Sunday church service (PA)

First published in National News © by

The royals have attended church at Sandringham without the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

There had been rumours that Prince William and Catherine would attend the service after spending Christmas Day with her family in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

But it is understood the couple paid a brief visit to the Queen's Norfolk residence this week, during which they attended a shoot on the estate, but left before the church service.

Only a small contingent of the Royal Family, made up of the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl and Countess of Wessex, attended the service at St Mary Magdalene Church as about 200 wellwishers looked on.

Members of the crowd expressed disappointment at William and Kate's absence.

The Queen, wearing a pink dress coat, was driven the short distance from Sandringham house in a Bentley, escorted by the Countess of Wessex.

She had recovered from a cold to attend the Christmas Day service.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 91, who was forced to miss the service last year because of a heart problem, made his way to church on foot.

Earlier this month, it was announced that William and Kate are expecting their first child, after the duchess was admitted to hospital with an acute bout of morning sickness. Since then they have attended minimal public engagements.

Prince Harry is absent from the celebrations, as he is serving as an Apache helicopter pilot with the Army Air Corps in Afghanistan.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree