• The British royals celebrated Christmas
  • There was a surprise visitor during the service
  • Nobody expected him

In a longstanding Christmas tradition, the British royals gather at Sandringham for a joint church service.

King Charles (75) and Queen Camilla (76) extended invitations to family members, including a surprising royal whose attendance caught everyone off guard.

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Christmas at Sandringham: Prince Andrew at the church service

Prince Andrew's (63) unexpected presence was a notable surprise, considering his ban from official royal appointments.

King Charles, deeming the Christmas service a private affair, allowed his younger brother to attend despite the restrictions.

Prince Andrew at the 2023 Christmas service

Onlookers at Sandringham were further astonished as Prince Andrew's ex-wife, Sarah (64), made her way towards the church. Her presence marked a return after nearly 30 years of absence from the Christmas service.

Service of the British royals: They also attended the event

Prince William (41), Duchess Kate (41), and their three children—Prince George (10), Princess Charlotte (8), and Prince Louis (5)—attended the British royal family's Christmas service, as expected.

Other familiar faces included Princess Anne (73) with her husband Timothy Laurence (68), and Prince Edward (59) and his wife Sophie (58), making it a traditional and anticipated gathering.

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As many had suspected, Prince Harry (39), Duchess Meghan (42), and their children opted not to travel for the Christmas service.