Queen and Prince Philip attend church service in Sandringham

The Duke of Edinburgh got behind the wheel of a Land Rover to drive the Queen to and from a service at Sandringham Church this morning.

The Royal couple drove around the Royal estate before pulling up outside St Mary Magdalene Church just before 11am.

Following the service, the Queen, wearing a matching purple coat and hat, sat in the passenger seat and had a broad smile on her face as the Duke drove back to Sandringham House.

Each year, the Queen and members of her immediate family spend Christmas on the Royal Estate.

It is likely the Royal couple will be joined by Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Princess Anne and Vice-Admiral Timothy Laurence.

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It is also anticipated Zara and Peter Phillips, the Duke of York and his daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie and the Earl and Countess of Wessex and their children Louise and James will join Britain's second-longest reigning monarch this Christmas.

A large crowd is also expected to gather outside Sandringham Church on Christmas Day to greet the Royal Family, who traditionally pause to greet well-wishers after the service.

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