The Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers at their final Sunday church visit in the village of West Newton

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Radiant in red! Queen and Prince Philip greet royal fans on final Sunday church visit

The Queen and Prince Philip were greeted by hundreds of well-wishers at their final Sunday church visit in the village of West Newton before they leave Norfolk – and the head of state even stopped to accept bouquets of flowers from young royal fans


Queen Elizabeth and her 96-year-old husband braved the cold on a chilly Sunday morning to be greeted by a 200-strong crowd gathered outside St Peter and St Paul Church at West Newton on the Sandringham Estate.

The 91-year-old monarch looked radiant in a deep red winter coat and matching the dress and feathered hat – and even stopped to speak to crowds who had made the journey to see them.

The Queen will head back to London this week Photo (C) GETTY
The Queen will head back to London this week Photo (C) GETTY

The Queen also stopped to accept gifts and flowers from royal fans after she arrived in the maroon royal Bentley.

Similarly, the Duke of Edinburgh looked in good spirits as he followed his wife to enjoy the rays of the winter sun.

After a 45 minute service, the Queen and Philip made her way to West Newton village hall in the winter sunshine.

Royal fans Susan Wombwell and her daughter Gemma, from Cambridge, handed the Queen a bouquet of tulips and daffodils.

Gemma told Eastern Daily Press: “The Queen said these will look nice when they flower. It was the first time I had spoken to her.”

Susan added: “I asked her if she had a nice time in Norfolk, she was very lovely.”

The Queen stopped to greet well-wishers who gathered to greet her Photo (C) PA
The Queen stopped to greet well-wishers who gathered to greet her Photo (C) PA

Sisters Arabella, 8, and Amelia Gee, 12, personally picked out the roses for their posies to give to the Queen and put them together by hand.

The Queen said these will look nice when they flower

Royal fan, Gemma

Arabella said: “The Queen asked are these for me?”

The Queen looked radiant in red Photo (C) PA, GETTY
The Queen looked radiant in red Photo (C) PA, GETTY

The visit to St Peter and St Paul’s Church in West Newton this morning comes after the pait visited St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate last Sunday.

The royals are still enjoying their extended Christmas break in Norfolk after arriving for festivities in December before they head to London next week.

Royal watcher, Mary Relph, told the local paper: “I told her it is sad when you have got to leave Norfolk again, I suppose it is back to London this week? And she said yes.”

Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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