Royal Family attend Sandringham Christmas church service

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Members of the Royal Family greeted well-wishers after attending the Christmas Day church service

The Royal Family have greeted hundreds of well-wishers after attending the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were all smiles as they left the service on the Queen’s estate in Norfolk.

Prince Charles attended but the Duchess of Cornwall missed church due to a heavy cold.

The Duke of Edinburgh also stayed home – but is said to be in good health.

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Meghan and Prince Harry greet the crowds as they leave the church service
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Speaking to members of the crowd, Catherine revealed her children had woken her up very early
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex arrive at the morning service
The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex appeared to be on friendly terms

Catherine and Meghan, who is pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child, walked side by side to church, chatting and smiling. The pair have been the subject of media reports of a rift.

Many of those gathered had brought bouquets of flowers and called out “Merry Christmas” as the royal party went past.

Royals looking ‘happy and relaxed’

By BBC correspondent Charlotte Gallagher

There were huge cheers from the crowd when the royal family arrived for the morning’s church service – especially for the Queen.

The queen was driven there by a chauffeur while the rest of the family walked up and greeted people when they went past. Some well wishers were waving Stars and Stripes flags for the Duchess of Sussex.

Despite newspaper reports about rifts and rivalry, the royals looked happy and relaxed with Princes William and Harry and their wives walking into church together.

Afterwards the Duchess of Cambridge told one member of the crowd that like many parents her children had woken her very early on Christmas morning.

After the service, Meghan hugged one of her former Instagram followers, who she spotted in the crowd.

Jessica Daniels, 17, from Peterborough, said it was an “amazing” experience to meet the duchess, who she’d been following since watching her on TV’s Suits.

“There were a group of us girls on social media she became kind of close with and interacted a lot online.

“This is the first time I’ve met her, she just said ‘it’s so lovely to meet you, incredible to finally see you’ and she was asking how we all are and if we’re still talking and supporting each other.”

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Crowds at Sandringham
Crowds at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk
Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank
Princess Eugenie of York and her husband Jack Brooksbank married in October
Autumn Phillips and Princess Beatrice
Autumn Phillips and Princess Beatrice were among the Royal party
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall had their second child this year
The Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James Viscount Severn and the Earl of Wessex
The Countess of Wessex, Lady Louise Windsor, James Viscount Severn and the Earl of Wessex arriving at the service
Peter Phillips with his daughters Isla and Savannah
Peter Phillips with his daughters Isla and Savannah

The son of the Princess Royal, Peter Phillips, arrived with his daughters Savannah and Isla, followed by Princess Beatrice and Peter’s wife Autumn Phillips.

Behind them were Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank; the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn; and Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, and Zara and Mike Tindall.

Tariro, aged seven, got up at 3:00 GMT to get a good view of the royals arriving.

Speaking to the BBC, she said the Queen was her favourite because “she is always wearing the crown with beautiful jewels”.

Her twin sister Tatenda said she was looking forward to seeing the Duchess of Sussex whose “elegant dresses” she admired.

Source: BBC

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CHOGM: Britain urges Commonwealth to tackle plastic waste, Queen tips Charles as successor

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CHOGM: Britain urges Commonwealth to tackle plastic waste, Queen tips Charles as successor

 

London – Plastic straws, drink stirrers and cotton buds could soon be banned in England as part of a push to slash plastic waste, and Australia is being urged to take action too.

Key points:

  • An estimated 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the UK
  • Mrs May urged all nations attending the gathering to follow the UK’s lead
  • Queen Elizabeth II said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles succeed her as head of the Commonwealth

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said plastic waste was “one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world” and one her country was determined to tackle.

It’s estimated some 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year in the United Kingdom and many of them end up in rivers or the sea.

Cotton buds, which are often flushed into the sewerage system, are small enough to be eaten by some birds and fish.

Environmental lobby groups have long campaigned for retailers to phase out non-recyclable plastic products.

Consultation on the possible ban will begin later in the year and there are reports suggesting it could be introduced as early as 2019.

The announcement was made ahead of the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.

Mrs May urged all nations attending the gathering, including Australia, to follow the UK’s lead and take action to reduce the number single use plastic products.

“Protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting”, she said.

“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it”.

The Queen hopes Prince Charles will lead Commonwealth

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the 53 Commonwealth leaders, when she formally opened the biennial meeting at Buckingham Palace in London.

It was a significant moment because it’s likely to be Her Majesty’s final CHOGM meeting.

Due to her age, she no longer travels long distances and the summit is unlikely to return to London for some time.

The Queen said the Commonwealth was “one of the world’s great convening powers” and significantly said it was her “sincere wish” that “the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949”.

The position of head of the Commonwealth is not hereditary and there is likely to be a discussion — and possibly a decision — tomorrow about whether Prince Charles should succeed her.

Many commentators credit the Queen with ensuring the Commonwealth has continued throughout her long reign.

The Royal Family is playing a relatively high profile role at this summit with Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry attending public events.

Prince Harry’s bride-to-be Meghan Markle has also been included in the summit, which is unusual for someone not yet fully part of the Royal Family.

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