The Queen leads royals at Sandringham church service

The Queen was joined by the Countess of Wessex at St Mary Magdalene Church. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Queen has joined the Duke of Edinburgh and the Earl and Countess of Wessex in attending a church service at Sandringham today.

The royals sang hymns including O Little Town Of Bethlehem during the 40-minute service at St Mary Magdalene Church.

Her Majesty was greeted by around 200 wellwishers at the church. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Prince William and Kate had been tipped to attend having spent Christmas Day with the Middletons in Bucklebury, Berks.

But it is understood the couple paid a brief visit to the Queen's Norfolk residence this week, and attended a shoot on the estate, before leaving ahead of today's service.