Picture gallery: Well-wishers gather to see the Queen at church in Hillington

The sight of the Queen dressed in brightly coloured red and grey jacket and hat brightened up a cold winter's morning in a west Norfolk village today.

More than 50 well-wishers gathered to see her attend the Sunday church service in Hillington, just three-and-a-half miles from the Sandringham Estate.

The Queen arrived in a dark red Bentley just before 11am and was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh and Nicholas Soames, Mid Sussex MP and grandson of Winston Churchill.

She came out of the church at 11.50am and was given bouquets of flowers by a group of around 10 children.

She looked in good spirits as she waved and spoke to people in the crowd before leaving.

Among the children presenting the Queen with flowers was Vanessa Beck, aged eight, from Dirmstein, near Mannheim, Germany.

Her father Michael, 52, said: 'We are over here for a week for a friend's 80th birthday and heard through friends that the Queen would be here.

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'This is the first time we have seen the Queen and Vanessa has been so excited about it for the last two weeks.'