Queen at church on Accession Day

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The Queen, who acceded to the throne 59 years ago, has attended church in Norfolk

The Queen has attended a church service on the 59th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Scores of well-wishers gathered to watch her arrive at a church in West Newton, Norfolk.

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 on Monday.

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