Church is a Family Affair for the Queen! Queen Elizabeth II Drives to Balmoral Church Service with Grandson Prince William

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FILE – In this Feb. 20, 2018 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a visit to the Royal College of Physicians, in London. Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a concert in London featuring British singers such as Sting, Tom Jones and Jamie Cullum on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

The Queen was joined by grandson Prince William as she made her way to a church service near Balmoral this morning.

Prince Charles, 70, also attended – driving himself and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 72, to the service.

However, there was no sign of Prince Andrew, who chose not to attend after a week which saw his accuser Virginia Roberts appear on TV and make more claims about him.

The 36-year-old alleged that she was coerced by paedophile US businessman Jeffrey Epstein into having sex with Andrew on three occasions.

Andrew, who denies the claims, had attended the Sunday service with the Queen last weekend.

Wearing her signature colour-block today, the monarch dressed in a head-to-toe baby blue suit, with black trimming, complete with a matching hat – which had feather detail.

Prince William also came in his Sunday best, wearing a black suit with a skinny maroon tie.

He matched with his father, Prince Charles, who also sported a deep red tie, a move away from his usual patterned pieces.

The monarch opted for a cheery colour for her church-going attire, despite today’s rainy weather. She also had delicate black butterflies on her hat  – which contrasted the bright blue of her suit.

A three-tier string of pearls and a pair of pearl drop earrings finished her church service look.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall came suitably dressed for the occasion too – as she could be seen arriving for the service in a green shirt and jacket.

It will be one of the last outings in Balmoral this year for the Queen, as she usually returns to London in October following her annual summer break north of the border.

Prince William was seen without the Duchess of Cambridge, or their three children, as he sat beside his grandmother, smiling and chatting happily to her.

Well-wishers turned up outside the church hoping to get a glimpse of the royal family, while police guarded the church, to ensure the monarch and her family stayed safe while at the service.

The Queen has hosted most of her family over the warmer months at her Scottish summer estate, including all four of her children and most of her sixteen grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Prince Harry, and sister-in-law, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were not in attendance today. They recently returned home from the star-studded wedding of stylist, and close friend, Misha Nonoo, where they mingled with stars including Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry, and Ivanka Trump.

The royal couple are set to fly out on their tour of Africa today, taking their four-month-old son Archie with them.

Last week the Queen  was spotted attending church with Prince Andrew, in a show of support for her second son who has come under fire since the Jeffrey Epstein scandal reached fever pitch.

Her second eldest son has faced scrutiny over his friendship with billionaire Epstein, who, after facing charges of sex trafficking, took his own life on August 10th.

On August 12th, Prince Andrew made his first trip to Balmoral this season, accompanying the Queen on her weekly visit to church.

Sarah Ferguson and the couple’s eldest daughter Princess Beatrice were also in attendance during the August visit, with the Duchess of York staying in a separate lodge.

Prince Edward, 55, her youngest son, has also been pictured at the castle on horseback, alongside his daughter Lady Louise Windsor, 15.

Elsewhere Edward’s wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex, 54, was seen taking their son James, Viscount Severn, 11, to try his hand at fly fishing on the River Dee.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Bridie Pearson-Jones