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Queen greets well-wishers on way to Church in Sandringham

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Christmas has officially begun after they attended a church service in Sandringham for the first time since they arrived back in Norfolk.

As she made her way to St Magdalene Church on Sunday morning, the Queen waved at well-wishers as a large crowd gathered to get a glimpse of the 89 year old monarch.

The Queen and Prince Philip made their way into the church for the 45 minute service which was being conducted by Reverend Jonathan Rivere, the rector for the Sandringham parishes.

With it being the cold end of December, Her Majesty travelled to the church in a green land rover. Her 94 year old husband, the Duke of Edinburgh on the other hand, walked to the service talking to the well-wishers who assembled on the estate.

The Queen and Prince Philip both arrived at Sandringham last Thursday by train, where they will remain for the duration of the Christmas holidays.

It is expected to be a busy Christmas for the monarch, as she is reportedly hosting 33 members of the royal family for Christmas lunch.

The banquet will take place in the afternoon after the traditional Christmas Day service at St Magdalene church.

Reports suggest that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their two children will be amongst the members of the royal family staying with the Queen at Christmas.

They were previously expected to stay at the Cambridges’ country home, Anmer Hall, just a few miles away from Sandringham House.

With the extremely large gathering, some members of the royal family will expected to sleep in servants’ quarters, with some servants in return having to find alternate accommodation on the Norfolk estate.

Prince George did not go to the Christmas service last year, and it is unknown whether he will go this year, alongside his sister, Princess Charlotte.

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