Royal Christmas Photos You Haven’t Seen
The royal family has very specific Christmas traditions and one of them involves spending the holidays at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate. Throughout the years, various members have been photographed around Christmas, celebrating the holidays. We’ve collected 12 photos of the royal family during the holiday day season that you have never seen before:
12. Christmas Day Church Service – 1999
Here Prince Harry is at Christmas Day church service on the Sandringham Estate. He is collecting flowers and gifts from the crowd of well wishers that waits outside for the royal family. Who knew that Prince Harry ever had braces – but he clearly has them in this photo!
11. St. George’s Chapel – 1986
Here Princess Diana and Prince William are holding hands after attending Christmas Day mass at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. Diana always knew how to make a fashion statement! With this outfit, she almost looks like the pope!
10. Christmas Broadcast – 1953
Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas broadcast to the people of the British Commonwealth was recorded in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1953. At the time, she and Prince Philip were at the start of a six-month tour of the Commonwealth on the royal yacht Britannia.
9. St. Mary Magdalene Church Christmas Service – 1991
The royal family attended the Christmas morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in 1991. In this picture, the Queen Mother is being presented with a bouquet after mass.
8. Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party – 2015
In 2015, Kate Middleton attended a Christmas party for the mental health charity, the Anna Freud Centre. While there, she participated in a drum circle, a form of music therapy. In this picture, it looks like she is having a really good time!
7. Horse of the Year Show – 1990
Prince William and Prince Harry met Santa Claus and each received a gift following a visit to the Horse of the Year show in 1990. They attended with their mother, Princess Diana, but she can’t be seen in this picture.
6. St. Mary Magdalene Church – 2011
This picture is from Kate Middleton’s first Christmas at Sandringham in 2011. She’s outside St. Mary Magdalene Church talking to the crowd and receiving gifts from some of them following the church service. While other members of the royal family attended the service, it seemed like all eyes were on Kate!
5. Bertram Mills Christmas Circus – 1952
Queen Elizabeth visited the Bertram Mills Christmas Circus in 1952 and enjoyed a special performance. In this photo, she is being accompanied by Cyril Mills, who ran the Bertram Mills Circus, and is wearing a dress with a fur coat.
4. Christmas Day Service at St. Mary Magdalene Church – 1998
In 1998, Prince William and Prince Harry attended Christmas Day mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Here they are interacting with the crowds and collecting gifts following the service. They certainly have a lot of fans!
3. Christmas Day Service at St. George’s Chapel – 1987
In 1987, Prince William attended Christmas Day mass at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. In this picture, he is with his mother, Princess Diana, as well as Lord Frederick Windsor, Peter Phillips and Zara Phillips.
2. Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church – 1995
Prince Harry attended Christmas Day mass at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham in 1995. Here he is outside of the church, greeting the crowds and receiving gifts from them. It must be nice to be a prince!
1. Christmas Day Speech – 1988
This picture is from Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas Day speech to the Commonwealth in 1988. In the broadcast, she reflected on the Pan Am flight that exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, and a train crash in Clapham that killed 35 people.