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Queen attends Sunday church service

The Queen has shown her frugal side by arriving for a church service in the dress she wore to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding.

When William and Kate walked down the aisle in April all eyes were on the bride's gown but the monarch was subtly making her own fashion statement.

The Queen wore a primrose yellow single crepe wool dress and matching coat and hat by her personal assistant Angela Kelly.

The monarch was able to leave the coat behind when she travelled with the Duke of Edinburgh to Canberra's oldest church for a traditional Sunday service.

Temperatures in the Australian capital were close to 30C with bright summer sunshine creating a feeling of high summer rather than the southern hemisphere spring the country was experiencing.

The dress featured hand sown beading at the neck in the shape of sunrays while the crepe hat had hand made silk roses and matching apricot coloured leaves.

Close to a thousand people had gathered around crash barriers erected close to St John the Baptist church, and when the royal couple - who are touring Australia - arrived they cheered and clapped.

The Queen walked into the place of worship with its rector the Reverend Paul Black followed by the Duke and clergy.

The service was held behind closed doors with more than 100 people sat in the pews including former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd.

After the service the Rev Black, who has held his post for four years, said: "It was a great joy and delight for St John to have the Queen and Duke amongst our congregation."


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