Queen greeted by hundreds of well-wishers during her last Sunday church service visit before leaving Norfolk
PUBLISHED: 14:10 04 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 February 2018
Hundreds of people greeted the Queen at her final Sunday church service visit before leaving Norfolk.
On a chilly but sunny morning, a 200-strong crowd gathered outside St Peter and St Paul Church at West Newton on the Sandringham Estate.
Dressed in a bright red coat and dress and matching hat, the Queen arrived at 11am in her Royal Bentley with the Duke of Edinburgh.
After the 45 minute service, she made her way to West Newton village hall, but not before stopping to speak to some of the people in the crowd and accepting gifts and flowers.
Susan Wombwell and daughter Gemma, from Cambridge, handed the Queen a bouquet of tulips and daffodils.
Gemma said: “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.”
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.
For Arabella, it was the second time she has made the trip to catch a glimpse of the royal family.
She said: “The Queen asked are these for me?”
Louise Harrison, 9, travelled from Milton Keynes with her mum Matilda West to see the Queen for the first time.
She said: “I was a bit nervous before I came here but she said thank you for the flowers.”
Avid royal family watcher Mary Relph also had a little chat with the Queen.
The 83-year-old, from Shouldham near Downham Market, said: “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.”
During the service, 22 children from the Sandringham Group Sunday School performed a play based on the Parable of the Labourers in the Vineyard, and also read prayers and recited poems.
They were presented with prizes from the Queen, which included a copy of the Bible, prayer books and C.S. Lewis novels.
The Sunday School teachers said: “After refreshments, we were able to look back on what has been a memorable day.”