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The Queen attends church at West Newton

The Queen went on a walkabout after attending church in Norfolk as her Christmas break at Sandringham begins to draw to a close. She spoke to wellwishers as she attended Sunday service at church at West Newton which is on the Sandringham Estate.

The Queen, wearing a pale peach coat and hat, was accompanied by Countess Mountbatten of Burma as she made her way to the service. Later, the Queen collected flowers as she spoke to those waiting outside the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.

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Elizabeth II will remain at Sandringham for several more days at least. The Queen now usually stays there until at least February 6th, the anniversary of her own accession and her father’s death. King George VI passed away in his sleep at Sandringham on February 6th 1952 while his elder daughter was in Kenya. She returned to England soon afterwards as Monarch.

The Queen arrived at Sandringham on December 20th 2018 to begin her Christmas break taking the train from King’s Cross to King’s Lynn. She was joined by many of the Royal Family for the festive period and has been at Sandringham with the Duke of Edinburgh ever since.

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Her Majesty’s next scheduled public engagement is on February 22nd 2019 when she is set to attend a service at the Guards’ Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London to mark a special anniversary for the Army Chaplains’ Department. The ceremony will commemorate the centenary of the decision by her grandfather, King George V, to grant them the prefix of ‘Royal’.

However, it is expected that the Queen will return to London before then. Over the weekend it was reported that long held plans to move the Royal Family from the capital in case of unrest were being looked at again as part of ongoing discussions about the potential fall out from a no deal Brexit. During her stay at Sandringham, the Queen appeared to make reference to the process of the UK leaving the European Union in a speech at the local Women’s Institute whens she urged the country to ”seek common ground”.


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