Prince William ‘had often giggled’ during Christmas Day church service in Sandringham
Prince William was said to have ‘giggled many times’ during Christmas Day church service in Sandringham as he struggled to ‘keep his face straight’ as his cousins sat opposite him
- Prince William said he giggled at a church service on Christmas Day
- The Duke of Cambridge attended his first Sandringham service in 1987, aged five
- He said he always found it hard to keep a straight face with his cousins
It’s an occasion meant to showcase family unity and the Queen’s position as Supreme Governor of the Church of England, but Prince William reveals that the Christmas Day church service in Sandringham hasn’t always been as frugal as it was. public would think.
He starts his walk at the 16th century building and says, ‘So we’re just outside St Mary Magdalene Church. The flag is up and I’m standing next to the door where we normally enter as a family.
“And the beauty of it is that we sit across from each other as a family and growing up it was always pretty hard to have my cousins facing me.
Prince William revealed that he giggled “many times” during the Christmas Day church service in Sandringham. He took his children with him for the first time in 2019 (photo)
The Duke of Cambridge attended his first Sandringham Christmas Day church service in 1987, when he was five. He is pictured on the Sandringham service with his cousin Zara Phillips in 1988
“I had to giggle a lot in the service. Luckily no one is filming it. So you can get away with it and on Christmas Day it’s fun to giggle and enjoy.’
William attended his first Sandringham Christmas Day church service in 1987, was five years old, and took his eldest two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, with him for the first time in 2019.
In addition to couches of photographers and TV crews, crowds are drawn in by the lure of so many members of the royal family together.
Looking ahead to the first Christmas without Prince Philip, William speaks fondly of his grandfather, who died in April at the age of 99.
William says: ‘My family spends the Christmas season in Norfolk in Sandringham, UK. You have large pine trees that are quite synonymous with this part of Norfolk. And I like the smell of pine in winter. It’s very soothing.
“Walking past here, it’s a walk my family has taken on Christmas Day for many, many years.
“I have strong memories of walking here, and my grandfather, he walked so fast there would be huge gaps and spaces between all of us, and we’d be in the back with little legs trying to keep up.”