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Queen visits church in a red tweed coat with feathered hat on her last outing before Christmas

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 24, 2018
03:07 P.M.

For Christmas Eve, the Queen looked as festive as can be. She attended a church mass with the rest of the royal family.

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The royal monarch arrived alongside Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, on Monday. Sophie is the Queen's daughter-in-law through her youngest son Prince Edward.

The pair were the first to reach Norfolk's St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate. The succession for the event follows a rule of seniority. Prince Charles and wife Camilla will round off the royal family.

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As they made their way to the church, the media made out a red and grey tweed coat on the Queen. She accessorized with a red feathered hat featuring similar colors.

The 53-year-old Countess wore seasonal colors as well. A brown hat and a matching coat were donned over a green dress.

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The 92-year-old Queen landed in Norfolk last Thursday via King Lynn's railway station. Later on for Christmas Eve, the family is expected to open gifts, according to Express UK.

The Queen reportedly encourages members to share comedic presents between themselves. The event happens sometimes after lunch at Sandringham House.

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The royal family will then spend Christmas day in a more close-knit setting at Sandringham. Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, and Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will be present.

Prince Philip will also be spending the holidays at the estate. He and the Queen have been together for 70 years. Like any other marriage, however, it wasn't always blissful.

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In a podcast episode of 9Honey's "The Windsors," Juliet Rieden explained:

“You have to take second place to your wife, which at that time, you know, wasn’t how marriages went. Standing behind her, shadowing her, not being fully involved in those matters of state because you’re not allowed to be would have been very hard for Prince Philip.”

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But of course, the Prince trudged through. Royal columnist Victoria Arbiter even said he "wore the trousers behind the scenes."

She added:

“She might have been Head of the Nation, but Philip was head of the family."

Regardless, the Queen rules between the pair in terms of fashion. Earlier this month, she exuded grace wearing her Queen Mary Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.

She attended the Diplomatic Corps Reception alongside Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cornwall and other royals. All three women stunned in beautiful dresses for the white tie event.

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