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Queen all smiles as she attends Sunday church service

The Queen was photographed smiling at well-wishers as they presented her with bouquets of flowers.

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The Queen smiles at members of the public as she leaves following a church service at St Peter and St Paul church, in West Newton, Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen smiles at members of the public as she leaves following a church service at St Peter and St Paul church, in West Newton, Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen smiles at members of the public as she leaves following a church service at St Peter and St Paul church, in West Newton, Norfolk (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen appeared in jovial form as she attended church on the second day of the post-Brexit era.

As the country exited the European Union at 11pm on Friday, the monarch was at Sandringham, her private estate in Norfolk, where she is spending her annual winter break.

Publicly neutral when it comes to political matters, the Queen did not address the nation on Brexit day, with the Prime Minister instead hailing “a turning point in the life of this country”.

She was pictured smiling on arrival at St Peter and St Paul church in West Newton, Norfolk, ahead of a service on Sunday.

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The Queen arrives at St Peter and St Paul church to attend a Sunday service (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen arrives at St Peter and St Paul church to attend a Sunday service (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The Queen arrives at St Peter and St Paul church to attend a Sunday service (Joe Giddens/PA)

During the service the Queen presented prizes for children’s church attendance.

Jane Gardener, headteacher of Sandringham and West Newton Church of England Primary, was received by the Queen, who presented a bible to Clara Moreland for proficiency in religious instruction.

The Queen wore a jewelled brooch pinned to her long light blue coat, buttoned up over a patterned dress.

Her outfit was accessorised with pearl earrings and a necklace, while she also wore a blue hat decorated with a green, white and blue feather detail.

The Queen was also photographed smiling at well-wishers outside the church who presented her with bouquets of flowers.

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The Queen is presented with flowers as she leaves church (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen is presented with flowers as she leaves church (Joe Giddens/PA)

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The Queen is presented with flowers as she leaves church (Joe Giddens/PA)

Despite her upbeat appearance, the Queen faces ongoing challenges that have rocked the royal family in recent months.

She will continue to have to deal with the uncharted territory of “Megxit”, with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex preparing to quit the monarchy.

Meanwhile, her son the Duke of York has been urged to speak to FBI investigators over his friendship with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she had sex with Andrew after being trafficked by Epstein, took to social media to urge the royal to “do the right thing”.

The duke has categorically denied he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre.

On Saturday, Clarence House defended the Prince of Wales after it was revealed he flew more than 100 miles in a private helicopter to make a speech about lowering aircraft emissions.

His total journey was estimated to have caused about 2.5 tonnes of carbon emissions.

In a statement, Clarence House said Charles’s carbon footprint was offset every year and he was not involved in decisions around his transportation.

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