Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex go to a Christmas church service in Sandringham

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex go to a Christmas church service in Sandringham, while William, Kate and other royal kings stay away for fear of attracting large crowds that will break Covid’s rules.

  • The couple was joined today at church by their children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor
  • The family headed to St. Mary Magdalene’s Church in Sandringham, Norfolk, which is under second-level restrictions.
  • This year’s main service, which the queen and other members of the royal family usually attend, has been canceled

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Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex attended a Christmas church service in Sandringham this morning.

The couple was joined by their children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor at St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk.

Sandringham, Norfolk, is at the second level of coronavirus regulations and is allowed to gather for worship services with other members of your household.

The family drove to the church at 11 a.m. in a Land Rover Discovery and attended the morning service with other members of the pre-registered public community.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, (pictured in their face masks) attended a Christmas church service in Sandringham this morning

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, (pictured in their face masks) attended a Christmas church service in Sandringham this morning

The couple was joined by their children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor at St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk.  Pictured is Sophie in front of the car

The couple was joined by their children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor at St Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk. Pictured is Sophie in front of the car

The family drove to the church at 11 a.m. in a Land Rover Discovery and attended the morning service with other members of the pre-registered public community.

The family drove to the church at 11 a.m. in a Land Rover Discovery and attended the morning service with other members of the pre-registered public community.

The family is believed to be staying at Sandringham’s main house on the Norfolk estate and has been there since last Sunday.  Pictured is Lady Louise Windsor in the back of the car

The family is believed to be staying at Sandringham’s main house on the Norfolk estate and has been there since last Sunday. Pictured is Lady Louise Windsor in the back of the car

The family is believed to be staying at Sandringham’s main house on the Norfolk estate and has been there since last Sunday.

This year’s main service, which the queen and other members of the royal family usually attend, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The family left the service at 11:45 a.m., and Prince Edward and his wife in face masks returned to Sandringham House.

Buckingham Palace was contacted for comment.

The family left the service at 11:45 a.m., and Prince Edward and his wife (pictured) both wore face masks and returned to Sandringham House.

The family left the service at 11:45 a.m., and Prince Edward and his wife (pictured) both wore face masks and returned to Sandringham House.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie and children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor drive to the Christmas morning church service

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie and children James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise Windsor drive to the Christmas morning church service

Earlier this week, it was revealed that William, Kate and other royal kings will not attend church in Sandringham on Christmas for the first time in 32 years due to a coronavirus pandemic.

Norfolk police issued a statement on Wednesday confirming that “no member” of the royal family will be at the traditional service at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church.

William and Kate stayed away even though they were taking a holiday break at their Anmer Hall farmhouse just two miles away.

The family drove to the church at 11 a.m. in a Land Rover Discovery before heading back to Sandringham

The family drove to the church at 11 a.m. in a Land Rover Discovery before heading back to Sandringham

Worship was held today at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.  Other members of the royal family would usually attend

Worship was held today at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk. Other members of the royal family would usually attend

Prince Edward and Sophie attend last year’s church service with their children James, Viscount North and Lady Louise Windsor

Prince Edward and Sophie attend last year’s church service with their children James, Viscount North and Lady Louise Windsor

Police broke with the convention by announcing an attempt to persuade members of the public to stay away from the church today.

Thousands of loyal fans usually pack up in the paddock next to the church to watch the queen and other members of the royal family attend the service at 11 p.m.

But they were advised to stay away this year because of the risk of the Covid-19 spreading among the crowds gathering to gain insight into the royal families.

A Norfolk police statement says: ‘Members of the public and the media are advised that there will be no organized royal event in Sandringham this year.

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attended the annual Christmas church service for royal families in Sandringham last year

Prince Edward and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, attended the annual Christmas church service for royal families in Sandringham last year

Norfolk police confirmed earlier this week that no royal people will attend the traditional church service in Sandringham this year, violating a 32-year tradition.  Pictured: Prince William and wife Kate, and Prince Harry and wife Meghan arrive in service in Sandringham in 2017

Norfolk police confirmed earlier this week that no royal people would attend a traditional church service in Sandringham this year, violating a 32-year tradition. Pictured: Prince William and wife Kate, and Prince Harry and wife Meghan arrive in service in Sandringham in 2017

‘Members of the royal family will not attend the usual Christmas service.’

In early December, it was revealed that the 94-year-old Queen and Prince Philip (99) would spend Christmas peacefully at Windsor Castle instead of Sandringham.

The Royal Family has spent Christmas in Sandringham every year since 1988 when they moved the festivities to Norfolk for the remodeling of Winsor Castle.

The Queen usually drives to the service in her burgundy brown Bentley, while the rest of the family walks a quarter of a mile to the church from Sandringham House.

Last year, Prince George and his sister Princess Charlotte mingled with the crowd as they attended an 18th-century church service for the first time.

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