Prince William gives rare insight into ‘difficult’ part of royals’ Christmas church trip

Speaking on his recent episode of the Apple podcast Time To Walk, Prince William lifted the lid on what really goes on when the Royal Family visit church on Christmas Day at Sandringham

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Royal family attend 2019 Sandringham Christmas church service

One of the highlights of the royal calendar is seeing the Queen and her family stepping out for church at Sandringham on Christmas morning.

Many of them walk the short path from Sandringham House to St Mary Magdalene Church and greet the well-wishers who line the route.

But once the family are firmly inside the church doors, it’s unknown what happens as their festive service is strictly private.

However, Prince William has given a rare insight into what the Christmas service is like – and it sounds like a lot of fun!

William made the revelation during his recent appearance on the Apple Fitness + podcast Time to Walk.

Prince William outside St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate



During the podcast, William walks around the Sandringham estate, passing the church, which is beloved by his family.

And speaking about the Christmas service, he said: “What’s very good about it is that we sit opposite each other as a family, and growing up, having my cousins sat opposite me has always been quite difficult to keep a straight face at times.

William with Kate, George and Charlotte as they wlk to church on Christmas Day 2019


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“I have had the giggles many, many times in the service. Luckily, no one’s filming it. So you can get away with it, and on Christmas Day, it’s fun to have a giggle and enjoy yourself.”

He also talks about his memories of making the walk from the main house to the church on Christmas morning.

He recalled: “I have strong memories of walking down here, and my grandfather, he used to walk so fast that there’d be huge gaps and spaces between all of us walking down, and there’d be us at the back with little legs trying to keep up.

“You know, I think, over time, you start to feel quite attached to those moments and those memories before.”

William greets the crowds at Sandringham with his brother Prince Harry and late mother Princess Diana


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It is expected that William, the Duchess of Cambridge and their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis will be joining the Queen at Sandringham for Christmas.

It has been reported that the Queen will be holding her usual family Christmas gathering at Sandringham this year and may make a public appearance for the first time since early autumn.

The monarch and late husband Prince Philip spent last Christmas alone as they shielded at Windsor Castle and it turned out to be their final festive season together, as the duke died aged 99 in April.

But it appears the Covid pandemic will not force the Queen, 95, to cancel her usual family gathering for the second year in a row.

According to reports, she is planning to host her family at her Norfolk estate and may even appear in public for the first time in months.

The monarch has been resting on doctors’ orders and only carrying out light duties such as audiences since spending a night in hospital for preliminary tests on October 20, and later spraining her back.

She is also preparing to film her Christmas Day message to the nation.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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