Photo Gallery: The Queen was pleased to see a familiar face after attending church in West Norfolk.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend St Peter & St Paul church at West Newton - The Queen talk

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attend St Peter & St Paul church at West Newton - The Queen talks to Mary Relph. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Concerned that Mary Relph was well enough to brave the elements after a serious operation, the Queen asked her: 'Should you be out in the cold?'

It was the first weekend this year that ardent Royal watcher Mrs Relph felt well enough to see the Queen, who attended church with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Mrs Relph, of Shouldham near Downham Market, received flowers from the Duchess of Cornwall after the Royals heard she was still recovering in hospital and missed their Christmas service at Sandringham.

'I braved it because I hadn't been there in such a long time,' said Mrs Relph, who is a familiar face of the crowds at any Royal occasion. 'The Queen did ask: 'Should you be out in the cold?' But the police and other regulars saved me a spot, so I didn't stand outside as long as many of the others.'

Her Majesty thanked the crowd for waiting in the rain and sleet outside St Peter and St Paul's Church in West Newton.

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Wearing an oyster pink outfit with matching hat, she attended a service which was conducted by the The Revd Jonathan Riviere, Rector of Sandringham.

Helen Verlander from Melbourne in Australia is visiting friends in Norfolk and also joined the crowd of about 200 people outside the church.

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She said: 'I explained to The Queen I was from Australia and she replied: 'It's a bit of a change in the weather for you'. I could hardly speak I was so cold.'

Jill Oliver, from Heacham, added: 'Meeting the Queen today has made all my dreams come true.'

Coral Young who had travelled with friends from Benfleet in Essex to see The Queen, said: 'The experience has been absolutely overwhelming; I feel quite emotional now.'

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