Royal Family Christmas Photos: Pregnant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Attend Holiday Service

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry joined the royal family for Christmas at Sandringham, where Queen Elizabeth II regularly spends the holiday. The couple, who are expecting their first child together, were spotted walking to Christmas church services on Tuesday morning.

The holiday occasion marked the first Christmas celebration Markle, Duchess of Sussex, attended with her husband, the Duke of Sussex, since they tied the knot in May. The couple were all smiles as they walked the English countryside to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave after attending Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25 in King's Lynn, England. Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Markle and Harry were accompanied by Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, respectively. William and Kate's three children—Prince George, 5, Princess Charlotte, 3, and 8-month-old Prince Louis—didn't attend church service on Christmas morning. The kids were left at their Sandringham residence, Anmer Hall, instead.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip were also in attendance, as well as Harry and William's father, Prince Charles. Although she was reportedly invited to spend Christmas with the family, Markle's mother, Doria Ragland, opted out of royal holiday festivities this year.

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(L-R) Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex leave after attending Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018, in King's Lynn, England. Stephen Pond/Getty Images

The royal family spread holiday cheer among the crowds as they greeted members of the public during their walk from the 16th-century church back to Elizabeth II's Sandringham estate, which is located about 100 miles away from London.

Following Christmas service, the royal family usually enjoys lunch together, during which they tend to dine on roast turkey and steamed fruit pudding.

The queen will deliver her annual televised Christmas address to the U.K. at 3 p.m. local time. Elizabeth II has delivered the yearly message, which usually reflects on the country's year since she took the throne in 1953.

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(L-R) Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to attend Christmas Day Church service at Church of St Mary Magdalene on the Sandringham estate on December 25, 2018, in King's Lynn, England. Stephen Pond/Getty Images

This year, the queen is expected to promote friendship and unity during her address.

"Through the many changes I have seen over the years, faith, family and friendship have been not only a constant for me but a source of personal comfort and reassurance," the queen said in previously recorded excerpts of the speech. "Even with the most deeply held differences, treating the other person with respect and as a fellow human being is always a good first step towards greater understanding."

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