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Jennifer Newton

Prince George guides little brother Louis as royals enjoy Christmas church service

Prince George appeared to give his younger brother Prince Louis a protective guiding hand as the the youngster joined the rest of the royals at church on Christmas Day in Sandringham for the first time.

The Prince and Princess of Wales proudly walked with their children George, Louis and Princess Charlotte as members of the Firm made their way to the festive service.

George, nine, and seven-year-old Charlotte have carried out the walk before, but this year was the first year that four-year-old Louis joined them.

However, keen to show his brother the way George could be seen appearing to lend a hand to his little sibling, who wore shorts and long socks, as he clutched his mum Kate's hand.

Prince George guides younger brother Prince Louis as they arrive at church today (Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Louis smiles as he enters church this morning (Samir Hussein/WireImage)

It also marked the first time that King Charles led the family to church - with him hosting Christmas at Sandringham for the first time this year since the death of his mother the Queen in September.

Charles led the way alongside Camilla in blue with William, Kate and their children following behind.

Among others that were spotted were Queen Consort Camilla, Zara and Mike Tindall, Edward and Sophie Wessex with Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn as well as Princess Beatrice, her husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and his son Wolfie.

The King waves to wellwishers as he leads the royals to church on Christmas Day (AFP via Getty Images)

A surprise appearance at the church was by disgraced Prince Andrew, who was seen alongside his youngest daughter Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.

They were greeted outside the church by the Reverend Canon Dr Paul Rhys Williams before they climbed the steps to the church and the National Anthem was sung before the first hymn, O Come, All Ye Faithful.

This is the first royal Christmas at Sandringham since 2019.

Due to the Covid pandemic, the late Queen spent the festive period at Windsor Castle two years in a row – the first with the Duke of Edinburgh, and separated from her wider family in lockdown.

The royals walk to church (SWNS)

After the morning trip to St Mary Magdalene Church and the greeting of well-wishers, the family are expected to tuck into a lunch of turkey and all the trimmings.

Afterwards traditionally members of the royal family sit down to watch the Queen's televised address when it airs after lunch at 3pm on December 25.

This year, they will watch King Charles' first ever Christmas address, where he is expected to to pay tribute to the late Queen.

Louis smiles as he stands alongside his grandfather the King (AFP via Getty Images)

An image of Charles, taken during the recording of his inaugural festive address, has already been released ahead of the broadcast being screened later today.

The festive message was recorded on December 13 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, a religious building which has a strong association with the late Queen.

It was filmed in the quire of St George’s Chapel, where the royal family sat during the Queen’s committal service, and during the broadcast the choir of St George’s Chapel, Windsor performs the National Anthem and sings a carol.

The monarch is pictured standing while delivering his address. Although in recent years the Queen recorded her Christmas broadcast sat at a desk, she had also stood in decades past.

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