While Prince Philip remained in the hospital after emergency heart surgery, the royal family walked the traditional route yesterday (December 25th) to Christmas service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the grounds of the Queen’s Sandringham estate in King’s Lynn, England.
Her Majesty took a car to the church, but The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge opted to walk the short distance with Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Andrew, Lady Louise Windsor, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie, Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall, and Peter Phillips and his pregnant wife, Autumn. Catherine’s presence attracted a record-breaking 3,000 well-wishers, according to the Daily Mail. Following the church service (the second of the day), Catherine and Queen Elizabeth accepted bouquets and Catherine stopped to chat with some children.
Catherine, always one for a jaunty hat, wore a piece by milliner Jane Corbett and custom-made shoes by Mascaro, according to What Kate Wore. Her Royal Highness wore a pair of subtle diamond drop earrings, which perhaps could have been a Christmas present
The Queen, her children and grandchildren all paid visits to the Duke of Edinburgh over the weekend, who was said to be “in good spirits.” No word yet on his release from the hospital.