Margarita steals Royal show

Four-year-old Margarita Armstrong-Jones stole the show today as the Royal Family attended a Christmas Day church service.

Four-year-old Margarita Armstrong-Jones stole the show today as the Royal Family attended a Christmas Day church service.

Margarita, the daughter of the Queen's nephew Viscount Linley, swung from the hands of her cousins Prince William and Peter Phillips as she made her way to St Mary Magdalene Church near the Queen's residence at Sandringham.

She then gazed adoringly up at William as she held his hand before helping the Queen collect flowers from local children after the service.

The little girl was one of a number of royal females to catch the eye of a watching crowd of around 500 people.

Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, daughters of the Duke of York, drew admiring glances as they made their way to church in stylish hats and matching shoes.

Zara Phillips, daughter of the Princess Royal, also scored high in the fashion stakes with a Sixties-style grey and white flower-patterned coat.

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The Duchess of Cornwall - wife of the Prince of Wales - wore a leopardskin-patterned feathered hat and the Countess of Wessex, wife of the Earl of Wessex, completed the ensemble with unusual Tyrolean-style headwear.

The Queen arrived by car with the Countess of Wessex for the traditional service.

Other members of the family, including the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, the Earl of Wessex, the Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence and Princess Margaret's children, Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto, who was accompanied by her sons Samuel, 10, and Arthur, seven, walked from nearby Sandringham House.

The Queen accepted flowers from local children.

Prince Harry, a second lieutenant in the Household Cavalry, was not at Sandringham this year because he is on army duty.

And there was no sign of Prince William's girlfriend Kate Middleton, despite newspaper reports that she had been invited to Sandringham.

Two of Prince William's female fans were the envy of women around the world.

Cinema manager Hayley Croot, 23, of Cambridge, managed to plant a kiss on the Prince's left cheek.

And four-year-old Anna Holly Jeckells, of Chandlers Ford, Hampshire, was allowed to blow bubbles at him.