Queen marks accession day with church visit

Queen Elizabeth II greets accession day crowds outside St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton, Norfolk.

About 200 people today gathered to watch the Queen arrive at a church service on the 59th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The Queen chatted to wellwishers and accepted flowers from children after attending the service at the St Peter and St Paul church in West Newton, Norfolk, with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Security was tight, with more than 20 police officers keeping a close eye on crowds gathered outside the church.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have spent Christmas and the new year in the royal residence at nearby Sandringham. They are due to return to Buckingham Palace in London tomorrow.

George VI, the Queen’s father, died in his sleep while staying at Sandringham early on 6 February 1952.

She was crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Royal gun salutes are usually fired around the country on accession day. This year, they will be fired at noon tomorrow because accession day has fallen on a Sunday.

via Queen marks accession day with church visit | UK news | guardian.co.uk.

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