Following inaccurate reports about The Queen’s death, it has transpired that the British monarch will miss a New Year’s church service due to her “lingering cold.”
She was due to attend the church service at Sandringham. The Queen, 90, has been suffering with the cold for a few weeks and although is still not up to appointments, is reported to be “up and about.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said, “Her Majesty the Queen will not attend Sunday worship at Sandringham today. The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold.”
As well as The Queen going down with a heavy cold, her husband, The Duke of Edinburgh also fell ill with similar symptoms. He has now made a full recovery and will attend the service as planned. The service will be led by the Bishop of Norwich.
It is unknown whether the service will be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who spent Christmas with Kate’s family in Bucklebury in Berkshire.
The Queen has not been seen in public for exactly twelve days and missed the traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene church. This was the first time she missed the service for 28 years. Buckingham Palace said in a brief statement, “The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery.
“Her Majesty will participate in the royal family Christmas celebrations during the day.”
The Queen and Prince Phillip, 95, cancelled their planned train ride to their Norfolk estate for Christmas and were taken by helicopter instead due to their illnesses.
Prince Phillip will be attending the New Year service as planned. He also attended the Christmas Day service together with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other family members. He also attended the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot.