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Simon Meechan

Royal Family to celebrate Christmas at Sandringham for first time since Queen's death

King Charles will celebrate Christmas with family at Sandringham for the first time since the death of the Queen.

Charles III and the Queen Consort are spending Christmas Day at the Norfolk estate, where the Royal Standard is flying today, in a return to traditional festivities.

They will be joined by members of the Royal Family for a morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church together followed by a family turkey lunch.

Read more: Kate pays touching tribute as Queen with piano for Christmas carol service

It will be the first time the Royal Family has spent Christmas at Sandringham since 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic.

William, the Prince of Wales is expected to join the King along with the Princess of Wales and children. The Princess Royal, her family and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are also going to be in attendance.

The Duke of York is understood to be on the estate but it is not known if Prince Andrew whose reputation was left in tatters by a civil sex case he settled out of court – will make a public appearance.

Charles has recorded his first Christmas broadcast as monarch, which is likely to reflect on the loss of his mother, and her legacy.

The festive message was recorded on December 13 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

An image of Charles, taken during the recording of his inaugural festive address had been released ahead of Christmas Day.

In the background is a large Christmas tree decorated with ornaments made from sustainable materials including paper and glass as well as natural products such as pine cones.

The picture also shows foliage decorations that have been placed among the stalls in the quire, that feature holly, berried ivy and red skimmia.

Traditionally, members of the royal family sit down to watch the televised address when it airs after lunch, usually at 3pm.

Sandringham House has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs for more than 160 years, and now belongs to the King.

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