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Lady Louise, 19, towers over mum Sophie after returning home from uni

Kensington Palace shares clips from this year's Royal Carols

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The late Queen’s youngest granddaughter arrived at the service, alongside her parents, Prince Edward and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex and younger brother, James. The 19-year-old, who is in her first year at St. Andrew’s University, arrived at the chapel to join other senior members of the Royal Family for the Christmas service. The Christmas service is the first since the death of Louise’s beloved grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September.

The late monarch passed away as Louise was set to begin her new journey at the same university where her elder cousin, Prince Wiliam met his future wife, Kate.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex have largely kept Louise and James out of the spotlight.

Although now in their teenage years, the siblings have begun to attend major royal events in recent months.

The late Queen Elizabeth II and her youngest granddaughter shared a very special bond.

A royal insider told The Sun in 2019 that Lady Louise was considered the Queen’s favorite grandchild.

They said: “The Queen loves the fact that Louise and James relish their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favourite grandchild, closely followed by James.”

A queue of wellwishers formed ahead of the church service which will be followed by a traditional family lunch with turkey and all the trimmings. 

This afternoon the King will deliver his first speech as monarch, which is likely to reflect on the loss of his mother, and her legacy.

The festive message was recorded on December 13 at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

An image of Charles, taken during the recording of his inaugural festive address had been released ahead of Christmas Day.

In the background is a large Christmas tree decorated with ornaments made from sustainable materials including paper and glass as well as natural products such as pine cones.

Other royals joining the procession this morning include Prince and Princess of Wales and their children – Prince George, nine, Princess Charlotte, seven, and four-year-old Prince Louis, who walked hand in hand with Kate.

Members of the family were greeted outside the church by the Reverend Canon Dr Paul Rhys Williams before they climbed the steps to the church and the National Anthem was sung before the first hymn, O Come, All Ye Faithful.

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