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The British royal family spent the beautiful morning at St. Mary Magdalene Church and the smiling Queen Elizabeth II was joined by Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla and other royals while numerous well-wishers greeted them along the way.

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It was an extremely royal Christmas over at Sandringham, like always.

The British royal family spent the beautiful morning at St. Mary Magdalene Church and the smiling Queen Elizabeth II was joined by Prince Phillip, Prince Charles and Camilla and other royals while numerous well-wishers greeted them along the way.

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The queen looked glowing in a bright turquoise dress and a matching wool coat with a stunning hat. Fans were enchanted as the 86-year-old Queen collected bouquets and gifts of teddy bears outside the church.

Of course, there were some noteworthy absences that include Prince Harry who is still serving in Afghanistan, and Prince William and Kate who are celebrating Christmas with the Middletons in the southern England village of Bucklebury, breaking the Royal tradition.

Kate's return to the Middleton family for Christmas comes after a testing few weeks for the expecting duchess, who was admitted to King Edward VII's Hospital for four days in London following an acute form of severe morning sickness. The condition, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, leaves expectant mother so ill that she cannot keep food or liquids down.

Christmas with the Middletons is a far more relaxed event than the formal affair at Sandringham. According to Kate's sister Pippa, Christmas at the Middleton family home will be "blissfully calm".

Members of the British royal family usually spendChristmas at Sandringham and stay until February, following a custom set by Queen Elizabeth's father and grandfather. Kate and William spent Christmasthere last year, meeting scores of wellwishers but the couple's decision to spend Christmas at the Middleton’s this year was taken with the approval of the Queen. However, they are expected to visit Sandringham, in eastern England, for part of the Christmas holiday.

Here a few pictures of the royal Christmas celebration for you to look at. Enjoy!

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth speaks with Reverend Jonathan Riviere outside of St. Mary's church after attending the annual Christmas service on the Royal Estate at Sandringham in Norfolk, eastern England December 25, 2012.

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Britain's Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge leave Englefield Church in Englefield in Berkshire, December 25, 2012.

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Carole Middleton, Pippa Middleton and James Middleton arrive at Church in Englefield in Berkshire.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth receives flowers outside of St. Mary's church after attending the annual Christmas service on the Royal Estate at Sandringham in Norfolk.

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Britain's Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge leave Englefield Church in Englefield in Berkshire.

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Britain's Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall walk to St. Mary's church to attend the annual Christmas service.

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Britain's Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall walks to St. Mary's church to attend the annual Christmas service on the Royal Estate at Sandringham.

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Britain's Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall leave St. Mary's church after attending the annual Christmas service .

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Britain's Princess Beatrice and sister Princess Eugenie receive flowers outside of St. Mary's church after attending the annual Christmas service on the Royal Estate at Sandringham.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth receives flowers outside of St. Mary's church after attending the annual Christmas service.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth watches a preview of her Christmas message with a pair of 3D glasses, studded with Swarovski crystals in the form of a "Q", at Buckingham Palace in central London in a photo released December 24, 2012. The Queen will use her traditional Christmas Day message, filmed in 3D for the first time, to pay tribute to the world's athletes for delivering a "splendid summer of sport" at the London Olympics.

 


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2012-12-26 00:44:19.0

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