The Queen attends church service in Sandringham

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 

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

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

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.

Following behind was Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, who appeared to be attending the service solo. 

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

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 

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

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

Following behind was Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, who appeared to be attending the service solo

Following behind was Princess Anne's husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, who appeared to be attending the service solo

Following behind was Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence, who appeared to be attending the service solo

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 

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

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'

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

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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