Sans Philip, Royal Christmas Goes on

Elizabeth's clan hits church, attracts crowds
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2011 10:40 AM CST
Sans Philip, Royal Christmas Goes on
Prince William, Prince Charles, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall arrive at a Christmas Service at St Mary's church at Sandringham, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Britain's Prince Philip remained hospitalized today, recovering from coronary stenting, but the royal show must go on, and so it did: Queen Elizabeth and her entire brood attracted throngs of Brits as they attended Christmas services this morning at the queen's retreat in Sandringham. Kate, in her first Christmas as Duchess of Cambridge, likely boosted the number of watchers, notes People, and impressed in an eggplant-colored coat and hat. The royals were also joined by Mike Tindall, who married the queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, this year.

The matriarch herself stressed the importance of family in a pre-recorded Christmas address, notes the AP, though she said that family might "not necessarily mean blood relatives, but often a description of a community." Members of the family were to visit Philip later today. Click through the gallery above for more scenes. (More Prince William stories.)

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