George and Charlotte all grown up at Christmas church debut

Gillian Wolski
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Prince George and Princess Charlotte made their Christmas Day church debut with their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Photo: Getty Images.

Prince George, 6, and four-year-old Princess Charlotte have made their debut at the royal family’s annual Christmas Day church service looking as grown up as ever.

Hand-in-hand with their parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William, the junior Cambridges made their way to the Church of St Mary Magdalene on Wednesday for the very first time with other key members of the Windsor clan in tow.

Charlotte was her mum’s mini-me in a bottle-green coat by Amaia and navy stockings while her big brother George switched his trademark shorts and socks combo for a pair of trousers just like his dad.

George, 6, was grown-up in long pants while Charlotte, 4, opted for a smart green coat. Photo: Getty Images.
George kept a hold of his dad's hand during the walk to the church. Photo: Getty Images.

George’s mature wardrobe choice was sure to have turned the heads of those fans crowded along the path as it’s said to be a longstanding royal tradition for boys to begin sporting pants only when they reach about eight years of age.

The third in line to the throne hit another grown-up milestone a few days earlier when he was spotted riding in the passenger seat while the Duke drove them to his great-grandmother the Queen’s festive lunch.

The Duke and his son meet well-wishers after the Christmas Day service. Photo: Getty Images.
At one point doting mum Kate crouched down to chat with her daughter. Photo: Getty Images.

The siblings made sure to greet onlookers under the watchful eye of their parents, with Charlotte at one point giving a woman in a wheelchair a hug after being gifted a pink flamingo toy.

A woman who gave Charlotte a doll told Sky News her manners were “outstanding” and added that brother George’s were also “perfect”.

Princess Charlotte gets some encouragement from the Duchess of Cambridge while greeting royal fans. Photo: Getty Images.
Charlotte manners were 'outstanding' according to an onlooker. Photo: Getty Images.

While it may have been their very first Christmas Day service, it’s not the first time Kate and Wills’ eldest kids have visited the iconic church on the Sandringham estate with Princess Charlotte having been christened there back in 2015.

George and Charlotte’s younger sibling, Prince Louis, 18 months, skipped the service as he was too young and reportedly stayed behind with his maternal grandmother Carol Middleton.

Princess Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozziconi also attended the Christmas Day service. Photo: Getty Images.
Princess Eugenie and husband Jack Brooksbank walked hand-in-hand. Photo: Getty Images.

Also absent was Louis’ great-grandfather Prince Philip, 98, who was hospitalised on December 21 due to a ‘pre-existing’ mystery condition.

After a four-night stay and curious comments by his son Prince Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh was reportedly discharged on Christmas Eve and flown by chopper to be with his family at Sandringham.

After waving the Queen, 93, off in her car the Cambridges and the rest of the royals including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and their respective partners will return to the estate for lunch and games, with a pause at 3 pm to watch Her Majesty’s Christmas speech.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, arrived with their children, James Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor. Photo: Getty Images.
Queen Elizabeth was resplendent in red ahead of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in purple. Photo: Getty Images.

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