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Queen among royals attending church service on Sandringham estate

The monarch heads to Sandringham each winter, arriving before Christmas and staying until early February.

The Queen leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham (Joe Giddens/PA)
The Queen leaves after attending the morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen braved the weather to spend the morning at church with her family in Sandringham, the privately owned estate she often uses when outside of London.

The monarch was joined by several royals for the Sunday morning service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Norfolk estate.

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The Earl of Wessex and his daughter Lady Louise Windsor leave church (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen wore a large coat, gloves and a hat as she made her way into a waiting car as she left the church.

Her son, the Earl of Wessex, his wife, the Countess of Wessex, and their daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, were among those also attending.

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The Countess of Wessex leaves after the service (Joe Giddens/PA)

The Queen heads to Sandringham each winter, arriving before Christmas and staying until early February.

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Police search members of the crowd (Joe Giddens/PA)

The royals traditionally attend the Church of St Mary Magdalene for the Christmas Day service, greeting well-wishers who have turned out to see them, before heading home for lunch and to watch the monarch’s Christmas speech.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also have a home on the Sandringham estate – their 10-bedroom country mansion Anmer Hall.

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