Royal Family Heads to Christmas Church Service Without the Queen

The queen in her Christmas message lauded those who serve others.

It is reportedly the first time in 28 years the Queen has not attended the Christmas church service.

Queen Elizabeth II and Philip postponed their travel earlier this week by a day because they were ill. They usually board the royal train in London for Norfolk, but in an unusual move took a helicopter 24 hours later

The Queen's annual Christmas message this year focused on the themes of "ordinary people doing extraordinary things" and "unsung heroes." The royal family watched the Queen's Christmas message together.

"I often draw strength from meeting ordinary people doing extraordinary things: volunteers, carers, community organizers and good neighbors; unsung heroes whose quiet dedication makes them special. They are an inspiration to those who know them," the queen said in her videotaped Christmas message as she sat at a desk near a fireplace in the Regency room of Buckingham Palace. She wore a blue Angela Kelly Dress and pearl-and-diamond brooch.

"A few months ago, I saw inspiration of a different kind when I opened the new Cambridge base of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where Prince William works as a helicopter pilot. It was not hard to be moved by the dedication of the highly skilled doctors, paramedics and crew, who are called out on average five times a day"

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