Pretty in purple: Queen looks completely recovered from winter illness


She missed a serious of church services as a result of a “heavy cold,” but the Queen looked to be totally recovered today, smiling and wrapped up against the British chill in a royal purple coat.

The monarch and her husband Prince Philip were joined by other members of the royal family as they attended a service at the church of St Mary the Virgin on the edge of her Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Also in their group was the entrepreneur Sir David Tang and their nephew David Armstrong Jones, whose father Lord Snowdon died earlier this week.

While fears had been mounting about the Queen’s health after she missed traditional Christmas and New Year’s Day church services, she has now been seen out and about in public twice. She was smiling as she greeted guests at the church, and was able to carry her own umbrella to keep off the morning drizzle.


Police officers were seen arriving ahead of the royals, and gritted the icy path to make sure that the Queen did not slip on her way into church. The Queen first sparked health worries when it emerged that she and Prince Philip had cancelled a planned trip to Sandringham via train before Christmas. Instead, a helicopter landed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace the following day to take them to Norfolk, as both were said to be suffering from “heavy colds”.

While Prince Philip managed to attend Christmas and New Year’s Day church services, the Queen was not well enough. However, she was said to be completing official paperwork while she and Prince Philip spent two weeks recovering from their winter illnesses indoors. And, she now looks to be back to her best, with both the monarch and Prince Philip in good spirits as they chatted to other members in their party today.


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