The Queen and members of The Royal Family on Christmas Day 2019

Published 23 December 2019

The Queen and members of The Royal Family have attended the morning service today at Sandringham Church.

The Queen and The Royal Family on Christmas Day 2019

The Royal Family traditionally spends Christmas and New Year at Sandringham House, The Queen's country estate in Norfolk.

The Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive for St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

Today, Her Majesty and other members of The Royal Family greeted members of the public before attending the service in Norfolk. 

The Queen and The Royal Family on Christmas Day 2019
The Queen and The Royal Family on Christmas Day 2019
The Queen and The Royal Family on Christmas Day 2019

The Queen’s Christmas speech will be broadcast at 3pm.

In it, Her Majesty speaks about the commemorations to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day:

“For the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formerly been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the Channel, putting past differences behind them,” Her Majesty will say.

“By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honour the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.”

Speaking about the life of Jesus and importance of reconciliation The Queen will say:

"…how small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding… The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.”

The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast will be broadcast this afternoon on TV, Radio and online. Watch it on our YouTube Channel from 3pm GMT.