Warm greeting at Sandringham for Royal family on frosty Sunday morning

Members of the royal family attend morning service at Sandringham Church on Sunday. The Queen leaves church by car.

Members of the royal family attend morning service at Sandringham Church on Sunday. The Queen leaves church by car.

Youngsters and their parents waited on a cold morning to present flowers to the Royal Family as they attended church on Sunday.

Scores of people gathered outside St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham to catch a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip, along with other members of the family.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 92, who featured in the GQ magazine’s best dressed men list, strode up to church from the house accompanied Princess Royal.

They were followed by Prince Charles and Prince Edward.

The Queen, who was wearing purple, arrived for the Sunday service in her Bentley.

She left shortly after the service and broke with tradition by not taking flowers from well wishers.

People in the crowd were reported to have been told that due to the large line of youngsters on Christmas Day the Queen was late for her lunch.

But wellwishers were not disappointed as Princess Anne and Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, received the flowers from two lines of children.

The Princess Royal received bunches of daffodils from Nancy and Peter Chapman, aged three and one.

Their mum Kate said: “She was really jolly and said something along the lines of ‘You will have to make do with me’.

“She was really friendly and chatted to Nancy and Peter.

“Nancy was really excited to see the Queen and to speak to Princess Anne. It was a really nice atmosphere.”

The service, which opened with the National Anthem, was conducted by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James.

The family of Capt Richard Holloway, the Royal Engineer who was killed in Afghanistan before Christmas, was remembered during the service. Prayers were also said for those living in Syria along with servicemen and women in Afghanistan and those who suffered from the severe weather over the Christmas period.

A total of 5,000 people went to Sandringham on Christmas Day but were denied a glimpse of Prince George.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chatted with the crowds along with Prince Harry, Prince Charles and Princess Anne.

The Christmas Day party also included Prince Andrew and his daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie.




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