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Prince George, Princess Charlotte Leave Christmas Service With Candy Canes

12/25/2016 05:22 EST | Updated 12/28/2016 11:36 EST

Prince George and Princess Charlotte have a very sweet Christmas message to share this year, with the help of festive candy canes.

The royal tots were photographed leaving a holiday church service on Sunday with their treats in hand — or in Prince George's case, his mouth — as their parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, followed close behind.

This royal family opted out of the larger traditional gathering at St. Mary Magdalene church on the Sandringham estate, and instead attended a Christmas Day service at St. Mark's Church in Englefield, near Kate Middleton's family home of Bucklebury.

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Prince George and Princess Charlotte show off their Christmas treats after leaving a holiday service in Bucklebury. (Photos: Anwar Hussein/Getty Images).

This marks the first appearance of Prince William, Catherine, and their kids at the Bucklebury-area church as a family. They were joined by the duchess' parents Carole and Michael Middleton, as well as her sister Pippa, who was accompanied by her fiancé James Matthews.

This break from holiday royal tradition came with some sugary fun. Princess Charlotte was so taken with her candy cane that she tried to use it to help her walk away from the church, while her brother could hardly wait to get a taste of his.

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge holds hands with her daughter as she tries to use her candy cane as a walking stick on Dec. 25. (Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage)

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Prince George attends church on Christmas Day. (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

The siblings both wore double-breasted wool coats for the occasion.

Their accessories also matched the colour of their parents' ensembles, as Princess Charlotte's burgundy tights and ribbon-style barrette complemented her mother's oxblood Hobbs fur-trimmed coat and clutch in the same hue.

The young prince's navy socks blended in seamlessly with his father's dark blue overcoat.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend church on Christmas Day with their children. (Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage)

This royal appearance coincides with Prince Charles, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and Prince Philip's participation in the Christmas service near the Queen's Sandringham estate.

Queen Elizabeth II was unable to attend the festivities with her family due to a bad cold, but it's likely the monarch will be able to find some joy with the newly released photographs of her great-grandchildren sharing holiday cheer with their parents.

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