Queen's Christmas message

The Queen said she had been "humbled" by the huge crowds who celebrated her Jubilee year in her Christmas Day message, which was filmed in 3D for the first time.

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Queen joins royals for Christmas service

The Queen leaves the St Mary Magdalene Church following the service.

The Queen joined the rest of the royals for the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham after recovering from a cold.

She missed Sunday's service at her Norfolk home as she was "getting over the tail end of a cold", Buckingham Palace said.

But today she appeared cheerful as she arrived for the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.

William, Kate and Harry absent from Royal gathering

Christmas celebrations will have a different feel for the Royal Family today with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry absent from the traditional Sandringham festivities.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Credit: Press Association

Prince William and his pregnant wife are instead spending the day with the Middletons in Bucklebury in Berkshire. Prince Harry is serving as an Apache pilot in Afghanistan.

Prince Harry seen in September at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan
Prince Harry seen in September at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan Credit: Press Association
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