Queen Elizabeth's Christmas outfit is her most refined gown this year
The Queen looked elegant when she arrived by car at the church on Tuesday morning for the annual Christmas Day service.
Prince Charles led the way for the younger royals as they walked the short distance from the Sandringham estate to St. Mary Magdalene Church.
Prince Harry, Meghan, Kate, and Prince William walked side by side as they passed fans wishing them a merry Christmas.
Notably absent from this year’s church service was 97-year-old Prince Philip, the Queen’s husband had mostly retired from public life and seldom seen on outings. Prince Charles’ wife Camilla was also absent as she is recovering from the flu.
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Accompanied by her son, Prince Andrew, the Queen stepped out of the car in high spirits, impeccably dressed as always.
The colors the Queen chose for her outfit this year were a light grey with pink worked into her coat, complimenting her floral patterned dress underneath. The Queen wore leather shoes from her favored brand of the last fifty years, Anello & Davide.
Princess Eugenie and her husband, Jack Brooksbank also joined the Royals for the 45 minute Christmas Day service, and like Meghan, it’s Eugenie’s first Christmas as a married woman.
Jack Brooksbank looked handsome in a suit and overcoat while Eugenie looked beautiful in a black and red Andrew GN coat.
Princess Beatrice also attended the service and wore a stylish buttoned coat by Claire Mischevani. Kate looked suitably festive in a red coat and hat, while Meghan dressed her bump in a Victoria Beckham coat.
#royal Dec 25, 2018 - Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales; Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge; Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge; arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk pic.twitter.com/VYKFZTne85— Mace (@RoyaleVision) December 25, 2018
After the service, the royal family headed back to Sandringham House in anticipation of a fabulous traditional Christmas lunch before the Queen addressed the nation in her annual Christmas Day speech at 3 pm.
The Queen opted for a stylish cocktail dress by designer Angela Kelly during the annual address and wore her gold Scarab brooch in tribute to her husband, Prince Philip. Embellished with rubies and diamonds this special gift got given to the Queen by her husband in 1966.
Queen Elizabeth II records her annual Christmas Day message, in the White Drawing Room of Buckingham Palace. This year, on her desk, she places a picture of herself and Prince Phillip holding Prince Charles, aged six months #royals #christmas via @PA pic.twitter.com/bYUM7BQUxb— Derek Momodu (@DelMody) December 24, 2018
During her speech the Queen spoke of the importance of tolerance and the show of respect towards those with opposing views as she said:
"Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding."
Amid political divisions and with only three months to go until Britain is due to leave the European Union the Queen reiterates her thoughts on the importance of Christmas and its message as she ended her address:
“I believe his message of peace on earth and goodwill to all is never out of date; it can be headed by everyone. It's needed as much as ever. A very happy Christmas to you all.”
Later on, the royals got spotted arriving at Sandringham estate for the festive luncheon with extended family.
Kate looked beautiful in a pale pink blazer as they arrived in the family’s Range Rover driven by Prince William with the kids and their nanny in the back. Meghan dazzled in black as she and Prince Harry arrived.
Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte arrive for the Queen's Christmas lunch for her extended family. pic.twitter.com/odtsuClwMK— Mark Stewart (@RegalEyes) December 19, 2018
Only immediate family is allowed for Christmas dinner, but other members of the family included the 41-year-old Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn. While Prince Andrew, 58, Princess Anne, 68, Prince Charles, 70, and Prince Philip, 97 also attended.
Princess Beatrice @yorkiebea arrives at Buckingham Palace to attend Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas Luncheon with other members of the royal family. Also she was at at Annabel’s in Mayfair, London. On 18th December 2018. pic.twitter.com/GTBFeEWM0C— Princess Beatrice ♔ (@HRHBeaOfYork) December 20, 2018
However, Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank did not show up for the luncheon and perhaps decided to spend the rest of the day with her husband’s family.