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Hundreds turn out to see Queen at Sandringham church

PUBLISHED: 11:51 03 February 2019 | UPDATED: 15:10 03 February 2019

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend a Sunday church service at St Peter and St Paul, West Newton, Norfolk. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend a Sunday church service at St Peter and St Paul, West Newton, Norfolk. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Hundreds of well-wishers braved freezing temperatures to greet the Queen during her last Sunday service before leaving Norfolk.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend a Sunday church service at St Peter and St Paul, West Newton, Norfolk. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA WireQueen Elizabeth II arrives to attend a Sunday church service at St Peter and St Paul, West Newton, Norfolk. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

On a bitterly cold but sunny morning, crowds of people gathered outside St Peter and St Paul church at West Newton on the Sandringham Estate.

Dressed in a peach coat, dress and matching hat, the Queen arrived just before 11am in her Royal Bentley with her Lady in Waiting, Mary Morrison.

The Duke of Edinburgh was absent from the service.

The West Newton choir with their books presented to them by the Queen. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe West Newton choir with their books presented to them by the Queen. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Avid Royal fan, Janice Bushall from East Winch, said: “The Queen looked lovely didn’t she? A very classy lady.”

John Clarke, 67, and his wife Gail from Ingoldisthorpe, have been coming to greet the Queen and members of the Royal Family for seven years.

Mr Clarke said: “We think they’re brilliant. Haven’t seen the Duke this year, he probably wants to stay in the warm.”

The West Newton Sunday School children with their books presented to them by the Queen. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe West Newton Sunday School children with their books presented to them by the Queen. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Kathy Garner, 43, from Watlington, said: “I have a lot of respect for the Queen, she works hard for her country and it was lovely to get the chance to see her, even with the cold.”

During the service, 21 children from the Sandringham Group Sunday School performed a short play ‘Searching for Jesus’, the story of the journey to Jerusalem, to celebrate the feast of Passover when Jesus was 12-years-old.

They were presented with prizes from the Queen, which included a copy of the Bible, prayer books and C.S. Lewis novels.

The Sunday School teachers said: “After the prize giving parents and children gathered in West Newton Village Hall where the children took part in another short pice of entertainment before ending the morning with some refreshments. For all, it was a day to remember.”

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