Merry Christmas to everyone marking the day! All three Wales children joined their parents and royal family members for Christmas day church services at Sandringham today.
This is just the second time we have seen Prince George and Princess Charlotte taking part in the traditional walk to church, and the first time Prince Louis has taken part.
It is also the royal family’s first Christmas without the late Queen.
Here is a quick video of the family leaving church and greeting well-wishers.
After leaving church the family greeted the waiting crowds who were thrilled pic.twitter.com/ylBmicV9cK
— Alice Wright (@alicelfwright) December 25, 2022
The first year we saw Prince George and Princess Charlotte walking to church at Sandringham was 2019.
Last year the Cambridge family attended services at St. Mary Magdalene, but they drove to and from the church. The Queen spent Christmas at Windsor, not Sandringham, because of the spike in COVID cases.
We also saw the older Wales children at Christmas Day church services in 2016 when the family went to St. Mark’s Church with the Middleton family.
Back to today’s events, here is another view with the Queen Consort, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis.
A gentleman shared photos of the children greeting people after church.
Same spot, different gift and #PrinceLouis, with Paddington making a festive appearance! #PrincessofWales #Sandringham #Royal https://t.co/wb0vXF8qlk pic.twitter.com/Xsv5kml0b1
— Daniel Chapman (@DanielChappers) December 25, 2022
Video of an exuberant Prince Louis as he runs along the path.
#PriceLouis running back to Dad & his brother and sister… giving the security guards a heart attack in the process!!! 😂 #Sandringham pic.twitter.com/ZEsCYsl5Z1
— Karen Anvil (@KarenAnvil) December 25, 2022
Now for our look at what the Wales children wore, beginning with a very dapper Prince George.
The Prince was in a navy suit that I believe he wore on the 15th (photos below) for the Christmas carol concert. I do not have any identification on it or his shoes, but Found by Bojana did locate the tie he was wearing.
👑25.12.2022 NEW #PrinceGeorge wore @elcorteingles Boys tie (past season) at the Christmas day service in Sandringham👑 @WhatKateWore @KatesKidsWore pic.twitter.com/T4MTTBegTj
— Found by Bojana (@foundbybojana) December 25, 2022
We move now to what Princess Charlotte wore today.
Princess Charlotte appeared to be in the coat worn for the carol concert. It is by Trotters, the brand’s Heritage Girls’ Classic Coat (from $224) in burgundy.
The timeless design is crafted of 100% wool with tonal velvet trim on the collar and pocket flaps, and velvet-covered buttons. Below you can see some of the details, including the top-stitching on the collar and pocket flaps.
Thanks for this ID go to Found by Bojana, who also suggests the Princess was wearing shoes by Manuela de Juan, a Spanish brand. The Mimi Mary Jane Pumps ($97) are a classic Mary Jane style in black leather.
The Princess’s hair was partially back with a velvet tie.
Now for Prince Louis.
Prince Louis was in the same Trotters Heritage Classic Coat as his sister but in navy blue.
The style is available at Trotters and at Maisonette.
He may have been wearing his brother’s Pisamonas School Mocassins (£44, about $53 at today’s exchange rates), first noted in September 2019.
Prince Louis could have been wearing one of Prince George’s shirts and a pair of shorts, but it’s difficult to tell without additional photos. UPDATE: After seeing more photos, it does look like Prince Louis had on the Amaia Kids Ralph Shirt that Prince George wore to the Queen’s 2018 Christmas lunch.
UPDATE DEC 27: With thanks to Ashlie and Caitlyn for their comments, it’s possible Prince Louis was in the Doña Carmen burgundy shorts that were worn by Prince George in Canada. If so, I would imagine they were purchased in a couple of sizes, as Caitlyn suggests. Prince Louis is a little bigger than his brother was during the Canada trip (he is a year older than George was during the Canada visit).
Now for photos of the two older Wales children joining their parents on December 15 for a Christmas carol concert organized by the Princess of Wales.
Royal Carols: Together at Christmas was taped at Westminster Abbey on the 15th for broadcast last night on ITV.
Another photo of the children at the concert.
There was a moment during the event when Charlotte looked very excited as actor Hugh Bonneville approached the podium. More from The Express.
In one special moment, actor Hugh Bonneville, who starred in the Paddington films, read an extract from a story about the bear who loves marmalad sandwiches.
While Hugh read out the touching tribute, those tuning in on ITV couldn’t help but spot Princess Charlotte’s excited reaction. Her face lit up when she heard the bear would be featured in the carol service, which thrilled viewers.
I will update the post with any new information. Here is one more image from the day, this one shared on social media by Kensington Palace, a watercolor done by Prince George.
Hi I think the shoes Charlotte wears in the Christmas carol concert, are by Rachel and Riley. A hug from Spain.
Could the shorts that Louis is wearing be the ones that George wore in Canada back in 2016? They were by a Spanish designer Doña carmen. George wore them twice in Canada and they look similar to what Louis is wearing.
Thank you, Ashlie. It’s certainly a possibility; I have added the shorts to the post. I think it’s impossible to tell about the sweater and believe the shirt is the Amaia style shown in the post. Closeups I looked at show a red/cranberry/maroon stripe in the pattern of the shirt, like the Amaia shirt.🙂
Just a thought could the shorts that Louis was wearing at the church service be hand me downs from George? If you looks at pictures from when George was in canada he wears burgundy shorts a couple of times and they look like the ones Louis is wearing.
It is adorable when you realize from watching additional clips that Prince Louis is running down the path to give Princess Charlotte a small bouquet of flowers he had received!
Is last years carol concert still available? If it still is available could you say where I could watch it? Thank you.
I’m sorry, Angela, I have looked for it but cannot find it available anywhere. 🙁
Oh well, thank you anyway.
Charlotte’s coat has an extra set of buttons, she has four, the Trotters coat shown (& Louis’s version) has three.
Thanks for pointing that out, Sue, I meant to mention it and forgot. I believe Charlotte is wearing the ‘longline’ version for older/taller children. 😊
Based on the photos where Prince Louis lifts up his coat for a moment I assume he is wearing burgundy shorts. My best bet would be Rachel Riley corduroy shorts in burgundy because if you look hard enough you can see the hem. The colour and fit also match in my opinion.
Thank you, Maruška, I will take a look. 😊
Hello again, Maruška. I have looked at the photos and the Rachel Riley shorts. The pair Prince Louis wore has a front zipper, which the Rachel Riley pair does not have. The Rachel Riley pair is cuffed, while the Prince Louis shorts are not. It’s a great color match and a fab repli-Louis, but I do not think this is the same pair of shorts. Thank you again for the tip, I always appreciate the assistance! 🙂
From what I could tell from the limited photos, it looked like Prince Louis was dressed similarly to what Prince George was wearing as the family were leaving Canada in 2016. I know that Prince Louis is a year older than Prince George was at the time, but perhaps the outfit was bought in multiple sizes. Just what I thought at first glance.
Thank you, Caitlyn. It’s certainly a possibility; I have added the shorts to the post. 🙂