The Queen wears festive feathered hat as she joins daughter-in-law at Sandringham church service

Accompanying Sophie Wessex, the 92-year-old wore a hat festooned with festive feathers, a red and white coat, and berry painted lips.

Sophie, 53, also wrapped up warm in a camel coat over a green dress, teamed with a brown hat and gloves.

Braving heavy rain, the royals smiled at well wishers as they arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Norfolk estate, where Her Majesty is spending Christmas with her family.

The Queen was driven to the service in her maroon Bentley with the Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and their 15-year-old daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

She looked fit and well as she then walked briskly into the church while sheltering under an umbrella.

Veteran Royal watcher Alan Mowton who has been in the crowd at Sandringham church services every Christmas for 41 years, said: “I thought the Queen looked very well. It was lovely to see her.

“It was a bit of a shame not to see Philip, but it is understandable that he might miss a service at his age, particularly when the weather is like this."

The service was conducted by Sandringham rector, the rev Canon Jonathan Riviere who said prayers “for the aged and little children”.

The congregation joined in the singing of carols Once in Royal David’s City, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, While Shepherds Watch Their flocks by Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

Other members of the Royal family are expected to arrive at Sandringham tomorrow and are due to join the Queen at church on Christmas Day.







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