The Queen greets well-wishers on her way to church

The Queen makes her way to church at Sandringham for her first service since arriving in Norfolk.

The Queen makes her way to church at Sandringham for her first service since arriving in Norfolk. - Credit: Archant

The Queen waved to the crowd as she made her way to church for her first Sunday service in Sandringham since arriving back in Norfolk.

The Duke of Edinburgh chose to walk to church at Sandringham.

The Duke of Edinburgh chose to walk to church at Sandringham. - Credit: Archant

Well-wishers gathered outside the estate's St Mary Magdalene Church to wish her a warm welcome on the last Sunday service before Christmas.

For the unusually mild December weather, Her Majesty opted for a beautiful pale blue outfit with tasteful white embroidery detail featured around the middle. A matching hat completed, and complimented, her look.

Lesley Machin and her husband Tom drove from Market Bosworth in Leicestershire this morning to catch a glimpse of The Queen.

Mrs Machin said: 'She looked absolutely beautiful - it was lovely to have a wave from her this year.'

While the Queen chose to travel in a green Land Rover for the service, the Duke of Edinburgh preferred to walk ahead greeting the crowds with a cheerful 'good morning' as he passed by.

Nigel Ward, 54, from Worksop, in Nottinghamshire, said: 'I was really surprised to see the Duke past us - he's certainly looking well for his age.'

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The service, conducted by the Reverend Jonathan Rivere, the rector for the Sandringham parishes, lasted around 45 minutes.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived into King's Lynn by train on Thursday morning and is expected to remain at Sandringham over the festive period.