King Charles smiled and waved as he walked towards St Mary Magdalene Church for this morning’s Sunday service.
The monarch, 74, looked in high spirits before the church service at Sandringham Estate Chapel, following a brief stay in hospital last week for treatment for an enlarged prostate.
As he stepped out for the first time since greeting fans outside the London Clinic after being discharged on Monday, the Monarch donned his trademark camel coat and carried an umbrella.
He appeared to be in tip-top shape when he returned to Sunday service for the first time in weeks.
Charles was flanked by Queen Camilla, 76, who looked elegant in a wide-brimmed fur hat, navy coat and light blue scarf.
King Charles and Queen Camilla looked in high spirits as they walked towards St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate this morning.
A group of about twenty supporters had gathered to wish the 75-year-old king well on his visit to the 18th-century church.
But they were disappointed when they discovered that the gates to the paddock area outside the church were closed, meaning they could not reach the roped-off path where spectators are normally allowed to stand.
This meant that they had to observe the King from a distance of about 150 meters.
Today marks King Charles’ first Sunday service in three weeks; He was still being monitored at the London Clinic last Sunday and the week before decided to rest before the routine procedure.
The monarch, 74, greeted supporters as he walked around the Norfolk estate and appeared in good spirits after his stay in hospital.
Charles and Camilla were greeted outside the church by the rector of Sandringham, the Reverend Canon Paul Williams, who warmly shook Charles’s hand and gave him a reassuring pat on the arm.
The rector exchanged a few words with the king, and Carlos responded with a smile on his face, giving the impression that everything was fine.
Kay Miller, a part-time worker at an engineering firm from Witchford, Cambridgeshire, who saw Charles walking towards the church today, said: “He looked good.”
‘I saw him going to church in early January, when we could stand by the road as he walked by, and he looks the same now.
“I came today on the off chance that we could see him. He looks like he’s back to his old self and it’s great to see him up and about. He certainly looks better.”
Kay’s friend David Patterson, from Haddenham, Cambridgeshire, added: ‘It’s fantastic he walked to the church. He’s not a young person but it shows he’s fit.’
Royal fan Annabel Young, 27, from Ipswich, Suffolk, who was with her three-year-old son Jasper Davies-Young, said: “It was really nice to see him get back to his old routine.”
“It’s a shame we couldn’t get through the closed doors and had to settle for seeing it from far away.”
After the service, the king and queen were escorted out of the church by the rector and his assistant after an hour of service.
The royal couple spent a few seconds chatting with the two white-clad clerics before bidding them farewell and returning to Sandringham House for lunch.
The King turned to admire a series of snowdrops before walking through a gate into the private grounds of his home on his 20,000-acre estate in Norfolk.
It comes after Queen Camilla stepped up her royal commitments, while King Charles took time to recover after his procedure.
She has had a busy week, carrying out various royal engagements while her husband recovered at home after leaving the London Clinic, where the Princess of Wales was also recovering.
Mother-of-three Kate, 41, is taking time out to recover from planned abdominal surgery earlier this month and is not expected to return to royal duties until after Easter.
As a result, Prince William also postponed his royal duties for a short time to be there for Kate and their three children, Prince George, 10, Princess Charlotte, eight, and Prince Louis, five.
With three royals out of action, Queen Camilla has led the royal charge as the most senior royal currently carrying out engagements.