Norfolk

Norfolk service marks Queen's accession to throne

  • 6 February 2011
  • From the section Norfolk
The Queen accepted flower from children after the service
The Queen accepted flowers from children after the service

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have attended a church service in Norfolk to mark the 59th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

The Queen chatted to well-wishers and accepted flowers from children after attending the service at the St Peter and St Paul Church in West Newton.

Security was tight and more than 20 police kept a close eye on crowds gathered outside the church.

The Queen has been staying at the royal residence at nearby Sandringham.

They are due to return to Buckingham Palace on Monday.

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

Royal gun salutes are usually fired around the country on Accession Day.

This year salutes will be fired at noon on Monday because Accession Day falls on a Sunday.

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