Prince Charles and Camilla were seen arriving at St George’s Chapel to attend a Christmas Day Service, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were nowhere to be seen. They were joined by four other royals at the church – the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Queen’s first cousins and the Wessexes.
Rather than spending Christmas at Windsor with the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend Christmas in Norfolk.
They will be joined by some members of the Middleton family, a Kensington Palace spokesman said.
The last time the Cambridges celebrated Christmas with the Middletons was in 2016, when they attended church in Bucklebury as a family-of-four with George and Charlotte.
But although they will not be with the Queen on Christmas Day, Kate and William will reportedly see her over the Christmas period, according to the Mirror.
The Queen was also notably absent from the festivities this morning.
She is believed to have stayed at nearby Windsor Castle.
This marks the second consecutive year the monarch is remaining at Windsor Castle for Christmas after the Royal Family’s traditional festive celebration at Sandringham was cancelled.
Traditionally, the Queen would celebrate Christmas in a service at St Mary Magdalene church, a short walk from the Queen’s estate at Sandringham.
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But today she will be joined by Charles and Camilla at the castle, Clarence House said in a statement earlier this week.
The presence of the Wessexes and Gloucesters at church this morning suggests they may also pay a visit to the monarch later today.
The Queen was also forced to cancel her traditional pre-Christmas family lunch, which was due to take place last Tuesday.
The lunch is usually attended by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The Gloucesters and the Kents also normally attend the lunch, which typically takes place at Buckingham Palace before the Queen heads to Sandringham.
The cancellations come amid rising coronavirus cases in the UK.
122,186 new cases of coronavirus had been recorded in the UK as of 9am on Friday, according to the latest government figures.