Snow falls on a smiling Queen as she attends church service in Castle Rising
PUBLISHED: 14:39 21 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:23 22 January 2018
The Queen was all smiles as snowflakes fell during her visit to the picturesque Castle Rising church.
Despite the chilly morning, people lined the walkways of St Lawrence Church to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty as she attended the 11am Sunday service.
Dressed in a dark green coat and matching hat, she was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of York and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie who waved, smiled and exchanged greetings with the crowds.
The cold temperatures did not stop Royal enthusiasts making their way to West Norfolk to see the Queen before she leaves the county at the start of next month.
Wrapped-up in scarves, clothes and hats, many did not seem to notice the cold as they got up-close to the Royals.
One of the youngest visitors was six-month-old Cameron Fuller, whose pram was next to seasoned Royal watcher and enthusiast Mary Relph, 83. She has only missed three Sandringham Christmases since 1988.
For the last 27 years, Laura Skrzynski has made her way up from London.
“I love the Royal family and I especially love the Queen and I loved her mother,” said the 52-year-old. “I love the tradition. She is the jewel in the crown. She is an ambassador for the country.”
Flurries of snow were spotted as the members of the Royal family made their way into the Norman church.
The 50min service included the Lord’s Prayer, the hymn God of Mercy and a sermon by the Bishop of Lichfield.
As the family made their way outside, they were greeted by a wonderful wintery scene. Bunches of flowers were given to the Princesses.
On a girls’ weekend in Norfolk, a group of 12 women from Corby found themselves at Castle Rising.
A taxi driver had informed them on Saturday night of the Queen’s presence at Sandringham and they decided to find out if she would be attending a Sunday service.
One of the group, Elizabeth Margaret Barry - who shares her name with the Queen and Her Majesty’s late sister - said: “I have never seen her in person and I loved it. I had a party when William and Kate got married and I am having another one when Harry marries.
The ladies even found themselves speaking to Prince Philip. They said good morning to him and he replied, laughing: “What’s good about it?”