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Royal family attend Christmas Eve service at Sandringham

PUBLISHED: 14:15 24 December 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 24 December 2017

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Members of the royal family attended a Christmas Eve service at the Sandringham Estate this morning.

Princess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA WirePrincess Beatrice (left) and Princess Eugenie, leave after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The service at St Mary Magdalene Church begins their Christmas festivities together.

The Queen, dressed in a pale blue skirt-suit, was gifted a bunch of daffodils by a member of the gathered crowd as she made her way to the car for the short journey to the church.

Hundreds of people had turned up to greet the royals while also hoping to get a glimpse of Meghan Markle.

Prince Philip looked well as he strolled alongside his son Prince Andrew.

The Duke of York (right), The Duke of Edinburgh, (left- right back) Princess Eugenie, Autumn and Peter Phillips arrive to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA WireThe Duke of York (right), The Duke of Edinburgh, (left- right back) Princess Eugenie, Autumn and Peter Phillips arrive to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Also in attendance were Princess Anne, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice - who was wearing a plum wrap-over coat reportedly worth £1,995.

The Queen will have more than 20 of her children, grand children and great-grand children joining her this Christmas.

Younger members of the family put the finishing touches to the tree when the family gather at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

In a nod to their German origins, this is when presents are exchanged. Family members out do each other to see who can buy the cheapest, tackiest gift.

The Duke of Edinburgh arrives to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA WireThe Duke of Edinburgh arrives to attend the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Photo. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Once the wrapping paper is off, family members enjoy drinks before changing for dinner. That means a black tie for the men and gowns and jewels for the women, before a candlelit three-courses followed by drinks.

Queen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA WireQueen Elizabeth II leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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