Several royals visit Sandringham over the Christmas break to spend time at the Norfolk estate, including the Prince and Princess of Wales.
The royal family frequently receives messages from fans wishing them well on special occasions throughout the year, and they are well known for responding with their own messages. After the fan account sent a Christmas message to William and Catherine on Friday, the Duchess of Wonderland Instagram account revealed on Saturday that they had received such a message.
In response, William and Catherine posted a picture of themselves and their kids Prince George, 9, Princess Charlotte, 7, and Prince Louis, 4, on Christmas Day as they made their way to church.
“Thank you for your thoughtful Christmas message to The Prince and Princess of Wales, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis,” was written next to a picture of the couple.
“Their Royal Highnesses send their best wishes for a very Happy New Year to you and are very appreciative.”
For the family, the Wales’ appearance at Sandringham last year was particularly poignant because it was not only their first since the Queen’s passing but also Louis’ first time taking part in the custom.
The Christmas Day walkabout before the church service has always been a highlight of the royal tradition, which started in 1988 when Windsor Castle was being rewired. Traditionally, children only attended the service when they were a little older. Prince William and Prince Harry were aged five and seven when they first went, but William and Catherine took Charlotte along when she was a toddler.
Prior to spending Christmas with Catherine’s family, the Middletons, in 2016, George and Charlotte were seen going to church with their parents in Bucklebury. Three years later, the young royal siblings joined their parents at the Christmas Day service in Sandringham.
While his older brother and sister were on their best behavior during the Platinum Jubilee, Louis charmed the country with his hilarious antics because the occasion was too exciting for the young royal.
The four-year-old Prince, however, was in good behavior at Sandringham, holding his mother’s hand and keeping warm in a very thick coat.