As is tradition, the family’s youngest royals usually stay home until they are deemed old enough to partake in the proceedings – which George, six, and Charlotte, four, apparently are. Their father, Prince William was five when he made his debut, and Prince Harry, four, like his niece Charlotte.
Also joining the Queen on the day were Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank, and Princess Beatrice and fiance Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi - marking only the second time that an unmarried partner has been invited to stay with the Queen (the first being Meghan Markle in 2017). Prince Phillip, however, was unable attend the service this year, only being released from hospital on Christmas Eve; and of course, we now know that Harry, Meghan and baby Archie spent their Christmas in Canada, with the Duchess of Sussex’s mother, Doria.
Noticeably absent from this year’s celebrations was Prince Andrew, who discreetly attended a 9am service with the Queen and his brothers Prince Charles and Prince Edward, instead of the traditional 11am. The Prince took a step down from royal duties earlier this year, following his involvement in the infamous Jeffrey Epstein scandal.