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Prince George and Princess Charlotte could be making their public Christmas Day debut this year

They royals walking to church on Christmas Day is a rite of passage and at ages six and four, it's now the turn of the two eldest Cambridge children.

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are reportedly making their public Christmas debut this year, joining their parents as they make the famous Christmas Day walk to St Mary Magdalene Church from Sandringham House.
According to a royal source who spoke to The Sun, the six- and four-year-old royals will join the rest of the royals "as long as they're both on good form on the day.
"It's the picture all royal fans want to see," the source says.
"They royals walking to church on Christmas Day is a rite of passage and so William and Kate didn't want to expose their children too early, but they feel they're old enough now."
Little Louis, who will be just 19 months old is still too young to make an appearance and will instead stay at home with Kate's parents.
The source adds it may act as a welcome piece of positivity particularly following the negative focus around Prince Andrew – who is said to be attending the Christmas Day service but will likely travel by car with his mother The Queen.
Princess Charlotte and Prince George are reportedly joining their parents on the public walk to St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day this year. (Image: Getty)
None of the Cambridge children has yet made a public Christmas day appearance with the rest of the royal family, however, in 2016 Prince William and Duchess Catherine chose to spend the day with the Middletons instead, with the family photographed arriving and leaving St Mark's Church in Berkshire.
Prince George certainly made an impression, snapped leaving the church with a candy cane in his mouth.
Prince George looked pretty chuffed with his treat. (Image: Getty)
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are taking a similar approach this year with seven-month-old Archie, choosing to skip Christmas with the royals at Sandringham to spend the festive season with Meghan's mother Doria Ragland.
Young royals usually forego the church walk until they're considered old enough. Prince William made his first Christmas appearance in 1987 at St George's Chapel in Windsor, where he was photographed confidently waving at cameras as he led his cousins out of the church.
Prince Harry made his debut one year later at Sandringham in a matching outfit to big brother William at four years old, the same age Princess Charlotte will be.
Five-year-old Prince William leads the charge on Christmas Day in 1987, followed by his cousins Zara Phillips, Lord Frederick Windsor, Peter Phillips and his mother Princess Diana. (Image: Getty)
It was a big year for the middle Cambridge child who started school at St Thomas's Battersea in September this year, joining her big brother Prince George who started two years prior.
Photographed making her way to class, Princess Charlotte initially looked shy as she clung onto to her mother's hand, but that quickly faded when she confidently shook hands with the head of the lower school, Helen Haslem.
According to a close source who spoke to People, Charlotte couldn't wait to go to "big school".
"[Charlotte and George] are close in age, and they spend so much time together," the source revealed.
To mark the milestone day, Kensington Palace shared an adorable snap of the two siblings on the steps outside Kensington Palace, both flashing grins at the camera with their arms around each other.

"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a photo of Prince George and Princess Charlotte at Kensington Palace this morning," the caption begins.
"The image was taken shortly before Their Royal Highnesses left for Thomas's Battersea."