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Queen bids a fond farewell to Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 17:41 07 February 2010 | UPDATED: 07:58 02 July 2010

The Queen today

The Queen today

Richard Parr

The Queen spoke today of her sadness that her Christmas and New Year holiday in Norfolk was at an end.

The Queen spoke today of her sadness that her Christmas and New Year holiday in Norfolk was at an end.

But regular royal watchers commented on how relaxed she appeared when she attended morning service at West Newton Church on the Sandringham Estate.

She spent more time than usual after the service talking to people in the crowd who had gathered outside the church and it was a case of flowers all the way as she accepted posies from children and adults.

Well-known royal watcher, Mary Relph, was celebrating her 76th birthday and as she gave the Queen flowers she told her that it was her birthday. Special Constables on duty later presented Mrs Relph, of Shouldham, with a birthday cake.

“I thought the Queen looked lovely in her bright pink coat and hat, but it is always sad when it is the last Sunday of her holiday and she returns to London,” said Mrs Relph, who has been a fervent royal watcher for more than 60 years.

John Harris, of Heacham, said the Queen spoke of her sadness that her holiday had come to an end. She is due to return to London tomorrow.

“The Queen told us…that the time at Sandringham had gone far too quickly,” said Mr Harris.

During the church service, the Queen presents prizes to members of the Sandringham Group of Parishes Sunday School.

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