Kate and Meghan's Christmas Day outfits through the years in pictures

Danielle Stacey
·Royal Correspondent

It has been a long-standing tradition for the Royal Family to spend the festive period at Sandringham and attend the annual Christmas Day service at Church of St Mary Magdalene.

Proceedings have certainly got more fashionable since Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011. The Duchess of Cambridge has wrapped up in an array of chic wool jackets and tartan coats to walk to church.

Kate and William did not travel to Sandringham in 2012, as the Duchess was suffering with hyperemesis gravidarum during her pregnancy with Prince George. Kate recovered at her parents Carole and Michael Middleton’s home in Bucklebury, Berkshire.

They were back in Norfolk in 2013, but opted to leave a five-month-old baby George at home. Although the couple’s permanent residence is in London, they also have nearby Anmer Hall, which is just 3 miles from the Sandringham estate.

2016 was the first year we saw the Cambridges as a family of four, where they all trooped to St Marks Church in Kate’s home village. The crowds were delighted to see George, then three, and his then one-year-old sister Charlotte clutching red and white striped candy canes as they departed.

This year Meghan celebrated her first Christmas at Sandringham as the Duchess of Sussex.

Last year saw the Queen deviate from tradition when she invited the former actress to join the royals. Harry and Meghan had announced their engagement the month before and the pair were married in May. The couple are expecting their first child in spring 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also joined the Sussexes this year, alongside the Prince of Wales.

Take a look back at what the duchesses have worn on Christmas Day.

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