A warm welcome for the Queen and Duke at Sandringham

The Queen makes her way to church at Sandringham for her first service since arriving in Norfolk.

The Queen makes her way to church at Sandringham for her first service since arriving in Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

The Queen greeted well-wishers with a friendly wave as she made her way to church for her first service since arriving back in Norfolk.

The Duke of Edinburgh chose to walk to church at Sandringham.

The Duke of Edinburgh chose to walk to church at Sandringham. - Credit: Archant

A crowd of around 150 people gathered outside the estate's St Mary Magdalene Church to wish her a warm welcome at the last Sunday service before Christmas Day.

For the unusually mild December weather, Her Majesty opted for a pale blue outfit with white embroidery detail featured around the middle. A matching hat completed, and complimented, her look.

While the Queen chose to travel in a green Land Rover for the service, the Duke of Edinburgh preferred to walk ahead greeting the crowds with a cheerful 'good morning' as he passed by.

It was the first time that Jess Jackson, 25, and her partner Tom Brown, 24, had seen members of the Royal Family in person as they happened to be in Sandringham yesterday.

Miss Jackson, of Reydon, near Southwold, said: 'It was really good to see them both. The Queen looked very lovely in her pale blue outfit.'

Mr Brown, of Harleston, added: 'It was really good to see Prince Philip walking down to the church and engaging with the crowd.

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'I thought he looked particularly well and he was on good form.'

The service, conducted by the Rev Jonathan Rivere, rector for the Sandringham parishes, lasted about 45 minutes.

The Queen and the Duke arrived in King's Lynn by train on Thursday and usually remain at Sandringham throughout the festive season.

Were you in the crowd to greet Her Majesty yesterday? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk