The Duchess of Cambridge has apologised for not bringing Prince George to the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day church service.
William and Kate joined the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and others for the religious gathering near the private Sandringham estate in Norfolk.
After the service the Duchess apologised to a mother and her young daughter, who were among 2,000 wellwishers outside the church, for not bringing her son. When Maddison Neal, aged eight from nearby Dersingham, gave Kate a Milky Bar selection box for George, she replied: "I'm sorry we didn't bring George but you would have heard him in the church."
Maddison's mother Sarah, 37, said: "We were hoping Kate would take the present but we didn't know if we'd be lucky enough to meet her. "Maddison met George on Sunday at the service at Anmer church. She helped him with his lantern and he blew her a kiss."
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The release of intimate snaps of Prince George are the royal family's way of saying "thank you" to the press for respecting his parent's wish for privacy.
Royal commentator Robert Jobson said: "I think what's important about these photographs is that the royal family have released them in acknowledgement that the paparazzi have allowed Prince George to grow up without intrusion. And I think that's very much a thank you in a way."
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have written to two photographers, asking them to stop "harassing and following" Prince George and his nanny.
The complaint comes after an individual was seen last week "in the vicinity" of the young Royal, Buckingham Palace said, adding that there is reason to suspect George's daily routines may have been subject to "surveillance and monitoring" for some time.
The individual has previously been spoken to on a number of occassions by protection officers about his behaviour in respect to other members of the Royal family, according to Palace officials.
A spokesperson said: "The Duke and Duchess understand the particular public role that Prince George will one day inherit but while he is young, he must be permitted to lead as ordinary a life as possible.
"No parent would tolerate the suspicion of someone pursuing and harassing their child and carer whilst their child is playing in a public park or going about their daily activities."
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