Prince George gives royal outing a miss

  • Updated: December 25, 2013 - 7:52 PM
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Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, arrived for a Christmas Day service at St. Mary’s church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate.

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Britain’s royal family turned out in force Wednesday for a traditional Christmas church service, but the littlest prince was nowhere in sight.

While last year’s royal Christmas had several noticeable absences — Prince Harry was in Afghanistan and Prince William spent Christmas with his in-laws — four generations gathered this year at Queen Elizabeth’s sprawling Sandringham estate in Norfolk. The queen arrived for the service at St. Mary Magdalene Church on the estate, accompanied by her granddaughter Zara Phillips, who is pregnant with her first child.

Many of the well-wishers gathered near the church had hoped to catch a glimpse of Prince George, the newest member of the royal family. While the young prince was nowhere to be seen, his parents — Prince William and his wife, Kate — arrived at the church holding hands. Cicely Howard, 75, asked about the baby when she greeted Kate outside of the church. “She told me he was having a lovely day but was more interested in the wrapping paper than the presents.”

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