Historian, author and television presenter Lucy Worsley was the guest speaker when the Queen made her annual visit to Sandringham WI.

The Queen has been president of the branch since 1943 and attended in the early days with the Queen Mother.

She signed the minutes, presented the competitions trophies to winner Marilyn Jones and runner-up Jackie Cartledge and viewed the competition entries for January.

Jane Austen at home was the theme of Ms Worsley’s talk.

Guest speaker Lucy Worsley. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet.

Branch chairman Yvonne Browne said the Queen signed the visitors’ book, watched members perform their version of Cinderella at West Newton Village Hall and had tea before heading home.

“She really is one tremendous lady,” said Mrs Browne who added her visits were “surreal”.

She said the Queen was in good health despite her cold over the festive period.

She said the branch was privileged to have the Queen’s support and added: “She genuinely enjoys a nice peaceful time here in the village.”