The Queen attends church service in Sandringham
30th December 2018

The festivities continue! The Queen joins members of her family for a church service in Sandringham ahead of New Year – but Prince Philip is absent once again

  • The Queen attended a service at St Mary Magdalene Church this morning but Prince Philip was absent 
  • The monarch’s son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex daughter Lady Louise Windsor also attended
  • Princess Anne was in attendance alongside her husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence 
  • Neither the Sussex or the Cambridge family attended the service in Sandringham today 

Much of the country will still be enjoying their festive break and it appears that the Queen is no exception.

The monarch was pictured arriving at church in Sandringham on Sunday, five days after she attended the Christmas Day service alongside members of the royal family.

While usually accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh on such occasions it seems that the Queen’s husband had remained home today and she was instead accompanied by a female companion.

Prince Philip, 97, had also been absent from the Christmas Day service. MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace for a comment. 

The Queen cheered up a gloomy December morning in a magenta coat and hat as she attended Sunday church service in Sandringham 

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    However, other family members were on hand to attend the service today including her son Prince Edward who walked alongside his daughter Lady Louise Windsor.

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex was also in attendance and looked typically chic in a cream coat and navy blue fedora this morning. 

    Following behind was Princess Anne who looked resplendent in purple and was accompanied by husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence.

    The Queen brightened up the foggy December morning in a magenta coat and matching hat which was adorned with an ornate floral display.


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    The 92-year-old royal arrived at the St Mary Magdalene Church, a short walk from Sandringham House, to hoards of well-wishers who had assembled in hope of catching a glimpse of the royals.

    While both the Sussex and Cambridge families had attended the Christmas Day service earlier this week neither appeared to be present for church today.

    Her son Prince Edward was also in attendance joined by his daughter Lady Louise Windsor 

    Sophie, the Countess of Wessex (seen right alongside Lady Louise) was also in attendance and looked typically chic in a cream coat and navy blue fedora this morning

    Arriving behind was Princess Anne who looked respeldent in a purple ensemble as she spoke with the crowds outside the chapel this morning

    Following behind was Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence who appeared to be in good spirits today

    The Queen is normally joined by the Duke of Edinburgh on such occasions though he appears to be absent today

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      NEW ANTI-TERROR BARRIERS FOR THE QUEEN 

      New anti-terror measures have been put in place around the Queen’s residence in Sandringham for the first time in Norfolk, while she spends the holiday season there.

      Special anti-truck-ram barriers have now been built at the four roads which lead to the Royal estate.

      The three-foot-high modular barriers can very quickly be moved across the roads by police to prevent vehicles from getting through if necessary.

      New anti-terror barriers have been installed on the Sandringham estate while the Queen spends the festive season there 

      They have been designed by Belgium company, Pitagone, which specialises in threat management and anti-terror, and can stop trucks weighing up to 7.5 tons and travelling at up to 48km/h.

      The special barriers are fully adjustable and can be used on all types of terrain and, because of their modular design, they can be built very quickly.

      The barriers were all on stand-by today (Sun) as the Queen and other members of the Royal family attended the weekly Sunday service at Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.

      Police were waiting at each of the four roads, with the barriers blocking half the road, ready to be moved if needed.

      The Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex were all smiles today as they joined the Queen at church in Sandringham for the Christmas Day service.

      Kate, 36, and Meghan, 37, were greeted by adoring crowds as they made their way to St Mary Magdalene Church, a short walk from Sandringham House on the Royal Family’s Norfolk estate.

      Prince William, 36, and Harry, 34, joined their wives as they put on a united front amid rumours of a ‘rift’ and mounting tensions between the two couples.

      It was confirmed earlier this month that the ‘Fab Four’ were going to spend Christmas Day together despite claims of a falling out.

      The monarch was instead joined by a female companion as she arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church 

      The monarch seemed delighted at the turn out from locals who stayed to watch her leave the church as well as arrive 

      Following the church service the Queen is expected to travel back to her Norfolk home of Sandringham house 

      Even at 92 it seems that the monarch didn’t need a hand when it came to getting into her car following the service 

      She could be seen covering her knees with a blue blanket to keep out the chill, as she often does on car journeys 

      The 92-year-old monarch arrived to hoards of well-wishers who had assembled in hope of catching a glimpse of the royals

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        Hundreds of well-wishers turned out to see the royal family, but the Duke of Edinburgh and the Duchess of Cornwall were missing.

        Philip and Camilla did not join the rest of the royals as they made the short walk. It is understood the duke is in good health and will spend the day relaxing privately with his family.

        Camilla missed an appearance at the Olympia Horse Show the week before due to a heavy cold and was believed to be still recovering from the bug.

        Behind the lead group strode Peter Phillips holding the hands of his daughters Savannah and Isla, and they were followed by Princess Beatrice and Peter’s wife Autumn Phillips. 

        Her appearance comes just five days after she was at the same church for the Christmas Day service 

        Joining her were the Dukes and Duchesses of both Cambridge and Sussex, also known as the ‘fab four’

        A few metres behind were Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank, who smiled at the crowds as they walked towards the church.

        Towards the back of the group were the Earl and Countess of Wessex with their children, Lady Louise Windsor and Viscount Severn, the Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and Zara and Mike Tindall.

        The Queen arrived in her state limousine with the Duke of York.

        During the service the congregation sang traditional carols O Little Town Of Bethlehem, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing and O Come All Ye Faithful.

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