Mike Tindall ‘tackles’ niece Savannah at the Royals’ Christmas service

Scrum to me! Cheeky uncle Mike Tindall ‘tackles’ niece Savannah Phillips, seven, in big hug at the Royals’ Christmas church service at Sandringham months after she was the star of the show at Meghan and Prince Harry’s wedding

  • Mike Tindall was spotted giving his niece Savannah Phillips, seven, a hug today at the Sandringham service
  • Savannah stole the show earlier this year during Trooping the Colour and Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding
  • Savannah was pictured covering cousin Prince George’s mouth during the Trooping of Colour in July this year 
  • Her playful spirit was on show again today, as she smiled and laughed outside the church with her sister Isla

Former England rugby star Mike Tindall was spotted giving his niece Savannah Phillips a bear hug during the Royals’ Christmas church service at Sandringham today.

Young Savannah, seven, could not hide her delight as her uncle warmed up Savannah with a cuddle from behind as they left the St Mary Magdalene Church earlier today.

Savannah, the daughter of Peter Phillips and the granddaughter of Princess Anne, was one of the bridesmaids at Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding in May this year.

The Queen’s great-granddaughter stole the show as she was pictured beaming between Princess Charlotte and Prince George outside the steps of Windsor Castle with the other bridesmaids and page boys.  

Savannah Phillips was given a huge hug from her uncle Mike Tindall outside the St Mary Magdalene Church today as the church service came to a close

Savannah Phillips is hugged by her uncle Mike Tindall, as her younger sister Isla looks on. The girls wore the same style coats, with Savannah wearing turquoise while her sister opted for a pink version

Savannah Phillips (second from left) was pictured a step up from Princess Charlotte and beside Prince George on the steps outside Windsor Castle following Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding this year 

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The Queen’s great-granddaughter’s playful spirit was on show again today as she beamed while leaving the church, which is just a short walk from Sandringham House on the Royal Family’s Norfolk estate.

Wearing a turquoise coat, she beamed and giggled as she made her way out of the church service and received a hug from Mike Tindall. 

Savannah looked a bit cold as she rolled her hands up her sleeves but seemed seemed to be enjoying the day out in Sandringham with her sister Isla

Young Savannah is pictured with her mouth open and appears to still be singing while behind Princess Beatrice and her husband Jack Brooksbank stand in front of the camera shot

Her father Peter was seen walking hand-in-hand with both Savannah and his other daughter Isla today.  

Seemingly acting up as she left the church, the youngster could be seen singing behind Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank.  

Today, hundreds of well-wishers turned out to see the royal family, but the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall were missing.

Philip and Camilla did not join the rest of the royals as they made the short walk. It is understood the duke is in good health and will spend the day relaxing privately with his family.

Peter Phillips with his daughters Isla (left) and Savannah arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham

Zara and Mike Tindall also attended the Christmas Day service and looked to be in high spirits as they passed adoring crowds

Camilla missed an appearance at the Olympia Horse Show last week due to a heavy cold and is believed to be still recovering from the bug.

Behind the lead group strode Peter Phillips holding the hands of his daughters Savannah and Isla, and they were followed by Princess Beatrice and Peter’s wife Autumn Phillips. 

The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex were all smiles today as they joined the Queen for the Christmas Day service.

Kate, 36, and Meghan, 37, were greeted by adoring crowds as they made their way to St Mary Magdalene Church, a short walk from Sandringham House on the Royal Family’s Norfolk estate.

Prince William, 36, and Harry, 34, joined their wives as they put on a united front amid rumours of a ‘rift’ and mounting tensions between the two couples.

It was confirmed earlier this month that the ‘Fab Four’ were going to spend Christmas Day together despite claims of a falling out.

Prince Harry, pictured on his sixth birthday, was seen covering cousin Princess Beatrice’s mouth on the Buckingham Palace balcony in 1990

It comes after Savannah Phillips covered Prince George’s mouth on the balcony during Trooping the Colour in June this year

Towards the back of the group were the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Zara and Mike Tindall.

The Queen arrived in her state limousine with the Duke of York.

Playful Savannah’s friendship with Prince George was also apparent earlier this year during the Trooping of Colour in July.

She was spotted covering her partner-in-crime’s mouth during the singing of the national anthem – in a photograph which harks back to a similar photo of Prince Harry covering Princess Beatrice’s mouth on his sixth birthday.

Savannah Phillips, the Queen’s great-granddaughter, appeared unimpressed with Prince George’s endless chatter and slapped a hand over his mouth to keep him quiet.

Seven-year-old Savannah, the daughter of Peter Phillips and granddaughter of Princess Anne, also made a shushing motion at little George. 

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