The Queen joined the rest of the royals for the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham today after recovering from a cold.

She missed Sunday's service at her Norfolk home as she was "getting over the tail end of a cold", Buckingham Palace said.

But today she appeared cheerful as she arrived for the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate.

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The Queen attending a Christmas Service at Sandringham

Wearing a turquoise coat dress and matching hat, she was wished a merry Christmas by about 1,000 well-wishers.

Following tradition, the Queen made the short journey from Sandringham House in a Bentley with princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 91, who missed last year's service with a heart problem, walked the few hundred yards from the house to the church accompanied by the Duke of York and the Earl and the Countess of Wessex.

The Queen traditionally spends the festive period with her family gathered around her at her Norfolk estate.

But this year there will be some empty spaces around the table on Christmas Day.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are spending Christmas at the Middleton family home.

Prince Harry is serving as an Apache pilot in Afghanistan.

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