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Sunday, December 29, 2013
Hundreds gathered to wish the Queen well as the Royal family attended church at Sandringham for the first time since Christmas Day.
The 87-year-old Monarch looked well as she arrived by Bentley for the service dressed in a rich lavender coat with a matching hat.
Meanwhile the Duke of Edinburgh continued his tradition of leading the family from the house to the Church of St Mary Magdalene.
As the Duke, who spent 11 days in hospital earlier this year, strode up the path he was joined by Princess Anne and Prince Charles.
Following them were the Earl and Countess of Wessex along with their daughter Lady Louise, 10.
While the crowds amounted to hundreds rather than the thousands seen on Christmas Day there was still plenty of cheer with many wishing the Royals a happy New Year.
The service, which lasted for around 45 minutes, was led by The Revd Jonathan Riviere, Rector of Sandringham, with a sermon from The Rt Revd Graham James, Bishop of Norwich.
The service was broadcast to those outside the church by a PA system and many joined in with the national anthem.
Afterwards the as the Queen was driven from the church other members of the Royal family stopped to collect gifts of flowers and to chat with the crowd.
The Marsden family, from Hertfordshire but staying at their holiday home in Brancaster Staithe, came to see the Queen at Sandringham for the first time.
Mum Pally, 40, said: “It’s something we’ve always wanted to do because we are always in the area at this time of year.
“It is nice, the Queen looked like she was looking around at everyone and taking notice of them.”
Her daughter Niamh, 9, gave a posy to Sophie, Countess of Wessex, while son Leo, 7, thought the Queen looked “very pretty”.
Mrs Pally added: “They were very friendly, the Countess and her daughter Lady Louise, they asked about the flowers and chatted away.”
David and Ann Tasker and their friends Eric and Christine Elham came from Spalding to see the Royal family.
Mrs Tasker said: “We’ve had a very lovely morning, the weather has been beautiful for it.”
Mr Elham said: “I thought the Duke looked fantastic, he seems to keep going strong.”