Crowds out to welcome the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne to church. Well-wishers and Royal enthusiasts gathered along the path to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene on Sunday to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she attended the 11am Sunday service. The Princess Royal arrives at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham. Picture Aaron Chown, PA Wire
Wearing a corn blue coat and matching hat, the Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Sir Timothy Laurence and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. Chilly weather had not deterred Royal fans from making their way to the Royal Estate to see the Queen and the excitement in the air was tangible as the main Royal party led by the Duke of Edinburgh walked down the path towards the church. Just before 11am as the sun broke through the clouds the Queen arrived in the Royal Bentley and waved to the waiting crowds before heading into the 16th century church. Many of the Royal fans were keen see members of the family before the Queen leaves the county at the beginning of next month.
Amongst the crowd were the Whittle family from Illinois, who are currently based at RAF Mildenhall. It was their first visit to Sandringham since arriving in Norfolk three-and-a-half years ago and their daughter, seven-year-old Elizabeth, was “super excited to meet the Queen”. She also presented the monarch with a bunch of lillies. Also in the crowd and accompanied by her corgi Tiegan was Jo Millar, from Kessingland in Suffolk. A member of the Welsh Corgi League, East Anglian sub-section, Ms Millar had previously met the monarch and shares her love of the corgi breed, she said: “What more could you ask for? The sun shines down on the good and The Queen is definitely good for us and the Commonwealth.”
The 50-minute family service led by The Rev Canon Jonathan Riviere and attended by the Bishop of Blackburn included the Lord’s Prayer and the hymn Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”.
As the family left the church after the service they were once again greeted by the expectant crowds who were ready and waiting in the sunshine with smiles and applause. Seeing the Queen at Sandringham for the first time, Lucy Sayer, from Beccles, said; “It was lovely to see the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. The Queen looked very well and happy.”