heir we are: Duke and Duchess among four generations of Royals at service

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Prince George enjoyed a “lovely” first Christmas but stayed in the warm as the Royal Family attended their traditional Christmas Day church service.

It was a full house at Sandringham as four generations gathered for the festivities on the Norfolk estate.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked relaxed as they made the journey to St Mary Magdalene Church on foot, holding hands. But there was no sign of Prince George as temperatures stayed just above freezing.

Prince Harry, still sporting a beard from his exertions in the Arctic with the charity Walking With the Wounded, attended alone despite rumours his girlfriend, Cressida Bonas, may join him.

Harry said he intended to keep his beard as it was a “Royal tradition”.

William told the crowd: “We’ve had a good morning with George and I can’t wait until next year when he’s bigger.”

Kate was seen curtseying to 
the Queen, who wore a burnt orange cashmere Stewart Parvin coat, as the family attended a 
private service.

After the worship, conducted by rector of Sandringham Jonathan Riviere, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall chatted to local people while the Queen received gifts from children.

Eight-months pregnant Zara Phillips chose to travel by car with the Queen while her Otley- born husband, Mike Tindall, walked.

Last year the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to spend Christmas Day with Kate’s family in Berkshire, while Prince Harry was on tour in Afghanistan.

In 2011, Prince Philip, who appeared well yesterday, was absent from many public appearances after a heart operation.