Kate Receives Flowers from a Young Fan!
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So, how is our favorite Duchess’ first Royal Christmas celebration going?
Well, we all know that the Windsor’s family holiday at Sandringham was rocked with a bit of drama on Friday when Prince Philip was rushed by helicopter to Papworth Hospital in Cambridge after suffering severe chest pains.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 90, remains today in the hospital following an emergency heart surgery to insert a stent into his heart to open a blocked coronary artery.
The Queen, the Duke’s three children and six of grandchildren, including Prince Harry and William, visited him at the hospital after he was admitted on Friday.
Certainly this brought a new meaning to the TWO Christmas church services this morning that the Windsor clan attended.
The first was a private morning service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham which has become an annual tradition for the Royal family since the early 1990s.
The Royals then returned to the church for a second mass, which is a community service, and were greeted by 3,000 people who had come to catch a glimpse of them…well, mainly Kate.
And the fans were certainly not disappointed!
Mary Relph, 77, from Shouldham, near Sandringham, who went to watch the Royals, said she had never seen as many people gathered to see the family in two decades. Sounds to us like the whole village was present!
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She claimed, “I have never seen queues like this on Christmas Day before, I have never seen this amount of people here since Diana was alive. People obviously came to see Kate Middleton. And she was fantastic.” The Duchess apparently stuck around after the service for twenty minutes to greet well-wishers.
Kate stunned the crowd in a velvet maroon hat by British milliner, Jane Corbett.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace told the Daily Mail that her matching coat was created by an independent British dressmaker, but declined to reveal the designer’s identity; only claiming, “The Duchess is keen to use independent British dressmakers, whose skills and craftsmanship she admires.”
After the services, the family retreated back to Sandringham to finish out the day with a traditional turkey dinner and a viewing of the Queen’s annual speech!
Merry Christmas, Windsors!