The royal family walked together to St. Mary Magdelene Church in Sandringham today to celebrate Christmas. In a rare public display of affection, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge held hands as they waved to well-wishers along the path.
Catherine wore a navy and green Alexander McQueen tartan dress, the same one she wore to St. Andrew’s primary school last November. While accepting flowers from people, Her Royal Highness (in a Gina Foster hat) said that Prince George was enjoying his first Christmas.
“George has opened his presents but he was more interested in the wrapping paper,” Catherine said, according to royal reporter Richard Palmer.
One well-wisher was thrilled to have met the young royals in person. “Kate was so beautiful in real life and the princes were both very handsome,” she told the Daily Mail‘s Rebecca English.
After the service, the family will gather for Christmas lunch, then watch Queen Elizabeth‘s annual broadcast together, which airs at 3pm GMT.
After Boxing Day (tomorrow), everyone will disperse, and it’s thought that William and Catherine will take Prince George to Bucklebury for the New Year. There are rumors that Carole and Michael Middleton will join in on Boxing Day festivities at Sandringham, but nothing is confirmed.