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Media captionPrince George and Princess Charlotte fill well-wishers at St Mary Magdalene Church for the first time

Prince George and Princess Charlotte combined with the crowds as they attended the Royal Family’s Christmas Day church service for the first time.

Prince Philip, who was released from hospital on Tuesday, did not attend.

A huge gang gathered to greet the Queen and family members as they attended the service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham.

Prince Andrew, who stepped back from imperial jobs last month, impeded a low profile at the event.

Image caption Prince Andrew was not seen with the rest of the Royal Family as they left the church

The 11 am assistance was broadcast live to the hundreds of visitors who had amassed outside the church.

Some had queued from the early hours of the morning in the hope of seeing the Royal Family.

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Princess Charlotte saw her debut at the service and met tourists with her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge
Image copyright Reuters Image caption The crowd were enthusiastic to meet Princess Charlotte and Prince George

Well-wishers hampered out flowers and endows for Princess Charlotte, four, and Prince George, six, who were accompanied by their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

There had been surmise over whether Prince Andrew would join the rest of his family at Sandringham, after controversy over his links with billionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein appreciated him sidelined from royal duties.

While most of the family arrived in front of gatherings lining the roads, Andrew, accompanied by his brother, arrived earlier at the church and used a different entrance.

His daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, both attended the main service.

Image copyright PA Media Image caption The Queen was not accompanied by her husband, who was discharged from hospital on Tuesday
Image copyright PA Media Image caption Prince Andrew arrived with his brother Charles at an earlier church service

The BBC’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said the prince was a “significant absentee” from the prime service at 11 am.

Our reporter said: “If he had attended[ the prime busines] a lot of the coverage would have been around him. He has become … something of an discomfort currently to the Royal Family.”

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Princess Charlotte and Prince George attended the Christmas Day busines for the first time

‘Bumpy’ year

The Queen’s attendance at church predated her Christmas Day message – in which she described 2019 as “quite bumpy”.

She said that “positive things” could be achieved when gaps were set aside and beings came together “in the spirit of friendship and reconciliation”.

“As we all look forward to the start of a brand-new decade, it’s worth remembering that it is often the small steps , not the monstrous changes, that bring about the most lasting change, ” she said.

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Media captionThe Queen’s 2019 Christmas message in full

The Queen labelled the 50 th anniversary of the Apollo 11 duty and the 75 th commemoration of D-Day, while also looking ahead at crusades being endorse by younger generations.

“The challenges many parties face today may be different to those formerly faced by my generation, but I have been struck by how new generations have brought a same gumption of purpose to issues such as protecting our environment and our climate, ” the Queen said.

The Queen’s content comes after a year of intense policy debate over Brexit, as well as a number of personal phenomena feigning the Royal Family.

As well as the controversy over Prince Andrew, its first year has ascertained the Duke and Duchess of Sussex take legal action against a newspaper and speak of the pressures of parenthood and royal life.

There have also been concerns over the health of Prince Philip, who was involved in a car crash at the beginning of the year.

Queen speaks of’ bumpy’ year in Christmas message Philip leaves hospital for Christmas with Queen William’s kiss for Louis in new photo by Kate Image caption The Earl of Wessex was accompanied by his daughter, Lady Louise Windsor Media captionPrince Philip was looked leaving the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Tuesday morning Image caption The photo was taken by the Duchess of Cambridge in Norfolk earlier this year

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