Queen of England, Royal Family Attend Church; Offer Prayers for Missing AirAsia Flight Passengers

Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2014 in King's Lynn, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)
Queen Elizabeth II leaves the Christmas Day Service at Sandringham Church on December 25, 2014 in King’s Lynn, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

THE QUEEN prayed for the passengers on board the missing AirAsia flight as members of the royal family attended church today.

The Monarch looked radiant in a bright ivory coloured coat and matching hat as the family attended a service at the 16th century St Mary Magdalene church on the Sandringham estate.

The 88-year-old Queen was driven alone to the church in her chauffeur-driven Bentley and smiled as a crowd of 1,000 well-wishers clapped and cheered.

She was joined by other family members who are enjoying an extended Christmas break at the estate in Norfolk.

The group walked to church with Princess Anne, 64, striding out in front, wearing a furry hat and with a green skirt and jacket topped by a green and black cape.

She smiled and waved to the crowd as Prince Charles, 66, and Prince Philip, 93, walked behind her in the winter sunshine, wearing similar brown overcoats.

Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Tim Laurence, 59, her son Peter Phillips, 37, and his wife Autumn, 36 also walked to church along with Prince Edward, 50, his wife Sophie Wessex, 49, and their 11-year-old daughter Lady Louise.

Members of the crowd were surprised to see Sophie walking to the church in her coral pink coat as she often joins the Queen in her car.

There was no sign of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or Prince George who are believed to have stayed at home two miles away at Anmer Hall.

Today’s service at Sandringham was led by the estate’s rector the rev Jonathan Riverie assisted by the Bishop of Norwich, the Right Rev Graham James.

Prayers were said for the victims of conflicts in Syria and Iraq as well as the families of those who lost loved ones in the Boxing Day tsunami ten-years-ago.

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SOURCE: Express
JANE WHARTON 

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