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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:
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.