The Queen Is All Smiles at Church Following Her Statement on Harry and Meghan's Royal Exit

The Queen stepped out for church near her country estate in Sandringham following her statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal exit.

The Queen Attends Church At Hillington In Sandringham
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  • This weekend, Buckingham Palace and Queen Elizabeth II released statements (opens in new tab) about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from their royal duties.
  • On Sunday, following the statements, the Queen was spotted on her way to church in Sandringham.
  • The monarch wore a grey houndstooth coat and matching hat for the outing.

Queen Elizabeth (opens in new tab) is all smiles today, following the release of her official statement about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's step back (opens in new tab) from the royal family.

In her statement on Saturday, the Queen wrote that she was "pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family" following "many months" of conversations about the new move.

"Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," the Queen continued in her release. "I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life."

She went on to thank both Harry and Meghan (opens in new tab) for the work they've done for the Commonwealth and to stress just how proud she is of Meghan (opens in new tab), who she said has "so quickly become one of the family."

The Queen seems to be happier now that the details of Harry and Meghan's exit (opens in new tab) from royal duties have been agreed upon.

The Queen Attends Church At Hillington In Sandringham

(Image credit: Mark Cuthbert)

Her good mood was on display when she stepped out in Sandringham on Sunday morning on her way to church near her country estate in Sandringham. The Queen (opens in new tab) attended services at St Mary the Virgin church at Hillington in King's Lynn, England.

She wore a grey and white houndstooth coat and a grey hat for the outing:

The Queen Attends Church At Hillington In Sandringham

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