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Nightly News   |  December 25, 2013

British royals celebrate Christmas

In Britain, Kate, William and Harry joined the Queen at church, but Prince George was the star of his great-grandmother’s traditional Christmas message. Duncan Golestani reports from London.

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>>> we are back now on this christmas night with a big family gathering that's getting a lot of attention today because this particular family gathering includes a queen and her royal heirs t at a giant country estate. here's the report tonight from london.

>> reporter: just like any family, christmas is one of the t few occasions when the royals are all together. joining the queen at church this morning, kate and william and prince harry who just returned from his expedition to the south pole . the royal family the's newest member was nowhere to be seen but prince george did have a starring role in his great grandmother's traditional christmas message.

>> here at home my own family is a little larger this christmas . as many of you will know the arrival of a baby gives everyone the chance to contemplate the future with renewed happiness and hope.

>> reporter: as part of her message previously unseen foos taj shows prince george at 3 months old.

>> after the christening we gathered for the traditional photograph.

>> reporter: watched over by multip mum, four generations of the royal family .

>> one, two, three.

>> good boy.

>> there is a message here. it's about family, faith and belief and reflection.

>> reporter: the queen looked back on the year she celebrated 60 years on the throne.

>> all this i promise to do.

>> reporter: as for 2014 , we can expect to see more from her youngest heir. it is thought prince george will join his parents on a tour of australia and new zealand . his life at the center of attention, only just beginning. nbc news, london.