Princess Anne absent from Sandringham Christmas service but for good reason


The late Queen’s daughter is often hailed as the hardest working member of the Firm.

Her children Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall were in attendance, as well the King and Queen Consort, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Many of the royal children were spotted, including young Prince Louis who donned shorts for the occasion despite the wintery season.

The Princess Royal is known for being one of the hardest working royals, and has carried out a huge 214 engagements this year alone.

Princess Anne

Princess Anne was absent from the service at Sandringham this year (Image: Getty)

The Waleses at Sandringham

The Prince and Princess of Wales brought their children along (Image: Getty)

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It is thought this Christmas she is taking a well-deserved break.

The 72-year-old was also absent from the Together at Christmas carol service held on December 15 at Westminster Abbey, but this was due to a schedule clash rather than illness.

Anne attended the London International Horse Show at ExCel London on the same day, meaning she could not make the festive carol service.

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Zara and Mike Tindall at the church service (Image: Getty)

Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones narrated the Westminster Abbey carol service which was dedicated to the memory of the late Queen.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte were seen singing along with the other 1800 audience members.

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Prince Louis wore shorts to the church (Image: Getty)

“This year, we’ve invited hundreds of inspiring individuals to the service.”

A Christmas tree in the venue was decorated with small Paddington Bear decorations in a touching nod to the Queen’s famous Jubilee sketch.


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