The Royal Family Spends Christmas At Sandringham, While Will And Kate Join Her Family In Berkshire [PHOTOS]

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With the Queen and Prince Philip’s blessing, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge broke with tradition and spent Christmas with the Middletons in Berkshire on Christmas day.  However, William and Catherine plan to spend time at Sandringham over the holiday.

Catherine bundled herself up in a red scarf and chocolate Hobbs coat, which she wore last Valentine’s Day on a visit to The Brink alcohol-free bar in Liverpool.  Catherine clutched her red Gucci purse as she exited St. Mark’s with Prince William and her family, including Pippa, Carole and James Middleton.

Meanwhile, the royal family gathered for their annual walk to St. Mary Magdalene Church on the grounds of the Queen’s Sandrigham estate in Norfolk, England.  Her Majesty appeared in wonderful health, just two days after suffering from a nasty cold that prevented her from attending church. 

Yesterday, the Queen wore a turquoise coat by Peter Enrione and a festive hat by Rachel Trevor-Morgan, according to the Daily Mail.  She collected flowers from well-wishers following Christmas service, assisted by her granddaughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie.

BTW, I know that Beatrice has a tendancy to dress like a total clown, but she redeemed herself yesterday.  I’m a huge fan of the Dolce & Gabbana coat.

Sophie, Countess of Wessex wore a bespoke headband by milliner Jane Taylor, made up of hand-cut velour feathers swirled around Swarovski cosmic crystals.  According to Twitter user @AnnieElizbethN, the Countess wore LK Bennett heels and a dress by (we believe) Emilia Wickstead.

“Sophie and Edward remarked on how cold it was and took an interest in what we’ll be doing later,” Well-wisher Tess Gilder told the Telegraph.  “We told him we’d be having mulled wine and he said that sounded nice.”

Gilder and a few friends also spoke to the Prince of Wales.

“Last year Prince Harry had his picture taken with our teddy and we brought the bear again today. He [Prince Charles] said he would tell Harry.”

Yesterday at 3pm GMT, the Queen gave her annual Christmas broadcast, with some viewers able to enjoy it in 3-D.  Watch Her Majesty’s message in full below.