Hundreds turn out to greet the Queen

Around 500 well-wishers greeted the Queen today as she attended a church service in Norfolk.She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex for the service at Church of St Mary Magdalene, on the Royal Estate at Sandringham.

Around 500 well-wishers greeted the Queen today as she attended a church service in Norfolk.

She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Royal and her husband Timothy Laurence, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex for the service at Church of St Mary Magdalene, on the Royal Estate at Sandringham.

Tight security preceeded the Queen's arrival by limousine, with police searching everyone entering the grounds.

The service was conducted by the Bishop of Norwich, the Right Revd Graham Jones, who asked the congregation to pray for those living in Iraq and Afghanistan, for those serving in the forces there, and for the families of those who had been killed in action over Christmas.

More than 30 children were waiting to give flowers to the Queen after the hour-long service. One little boy brought cheers from the crowd when he performed an extravagant bow.