Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have attended a church service in the wake of Lord Snowdon's death.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II

The 90-year-old royal and her husband, 95, made an appearance at the solemn church service just outside Sandringham on Sunday (15.01.17), two days after the royal photographer passed away peacefully at home aged 86.

Joining them in the service was David Armstrong-Jones, the 55-year-old son of the late Lord Snowdon and his ex-wife Princess Margaret - the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth - who passed away in 2002.

According to the Daily Mail newspaper, the royals appeared to be in high spirits despite the sombre mood of the event as they arrived at the church of St Mary the Virgin in Flitcham, Norfolk.

For the couple, the outing marks their second appearance in public since the Queen was struck with a heavy cold which prevented her from attending the traditional Christmas and New Year's Day church services.

Last week, it was reported that Queen Elizabeth was feeling "better", after her 66-year-old daughter Princess Anne assured well-wishers her mother was well during the services at Sandringham that were missed by the royal.

The Queen's decision to miss the festive church may have come as a shock to some - as it was the first time in 30 years she was unable to attend the ceremony - but Buckingham Palace said at the time, that missing the church service was a "precautionary measure" and it was not a cause for concern.

They said at the time: "[It was] a precautionary measure but there was no sense of undue concern."