Well-wishers come from far and wide to greet Queen at Sandringham church

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

About 200 people gathered to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she arrived for her first church service since arriving at her Sandringham retreat for Christmas.

The Duke of Edinburgh leaves church at Sandringham on Sunday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Duke of Edinburgh leaves church at Sandringham on Sunday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

The Duke of Edinburgh arrived at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham on foot before Her Majesty - wearing a full-length dark pink coat and hat - arrived in a Range Rover.

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Queen attends church at Sandringham on Sunday morning. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

She turned and waved to the crowd before going in and emerged from the service after approximately 45mins, where a queue of children from 1st Hunstanton Scout Group were waiting to give her flowers.

Liam Nicol, leader of the scout section, said: 'It was hard to contain their excitement. They'll remember this for years to come.'

Phillipa Poignand's daughter Sophia, 5, was one of those who got to meet the Monarch. The 47-year-old - who travelled from Jersey - said it was a 'real honour' for her and her family to see the Queen.


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Peter Darley, 18, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, said it was 'wonderful to see the Queen in person'.

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