Kate Middleton has celebrated her first Christmas as a royal family member.

The Duchess of Cambridge joined the rest of the royal family members at the traditional Christmas morning church service at Sandringham, Norfolk.

She arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church accompanied by Prince William, Prince Harry, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

At the same time, the Duke of Edinburgh, who is recovering at a Cambridgeshire hospital after an emergency heart surgery, was missing from the event.

The other royals who joined the service included Princess Beatrice, Prince Andrew and Princess Eugenie.

Here are some moments from the royal family's Christmas get-together:

The Duchess of Cambridge greets well-wishers after leaving a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk.Reuters
Prince William and Kate Middleton attend the Christmas Day church service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate at Sandringham in NorfolkReuters
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, follows her husband Prince William, as they arrive arrive to attend a Christmas Service with other members of the royal family at St. Mary's church in the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's Norfolk retreat.PA
Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by other members of Britain's royal family, arrives to attend a Christmas Service at St. Mary's church on the grounds of Sandringham Estate, the Queen's Norfolk retreat.PA
The Duchess of Cambridge greets well-wishers after leaving a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk.Reuters
Prince William, Prince Charles, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry arrive for a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk.Reuters
The Queen and Prince Edward arrive for a Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Royal estate at Sandringham, Norfolk.Reuters
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge alongside Prince Harry attend St Mary Magdalene Church, on the royal estate in Sandringham, Norfolk for the Christmas Day church service.PA