The Queen May Not Be Well Enough to Attend Church on New Year’s Day

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The Queen could miss the annual New Year’s Day service in Sandringham as she continues to recover from a ‘heavy cold’.

Buckingham Palace said a decision had yet to be taken on whether the 90-year-old monarch would be well enough to attend.

The sovereign and Prince Philip, 95, were forced to delay their journey to their usual Christmas residence in Norfolk because of what was officially called ‘heavy colds’.

The illness meant the Queen missed the traditional Christmas Day service for the first time in 28 years, although Philip had recovered sufficiently to make an appearance.

He was seen walking to St Mary Magdalene church as usual on Christmas morning with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other family members.

It has now been 11 days since the Queen has been seen in public.

The illness meant the Queen missed the traditional Christmas Day service for the first time in 28 years, although Philip had recovered sufficiently to make an appearance.

He was seen walking to St Mary Magdalene church as usual on Christmas morning with Prince Charles, Prince Harry and other family members.

It has now been 11 days since the Queen has been seen in public.

If the Queen does attend church, it is possible she will be joined by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge who spent Christmas with the Middleton family in Berkshire.

The Queen and Philip are believed to have spent most of the last week staying indoors together at Sandringham House.

It is also believed the Queen has not been seen going around the 20,000-acre Royal estate as usual.

But Philip is thought to have joined other members of the Royal family on their traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot.

The Queen and Philip were due to catch a train from London to King’s Lynn on December 21.

But police waiting for them at King’s Cross station and in King’s Lynn were stood down shortly before their train was due to leave.

Instead the couple were flown directly from Buckingham Palace to Sandringham by helicopter the following day.

The 110 twin-engined Sikorsky S-76C helicopter from The Queen’s Helicopter Flight with a top speed of 178mph took just 40 minutes to make the 110 mile flight.

Buckingham Palace was forced to confirm that the Queen had not died this week after hoaxers announced her ‘death’ in a fake BBC Twitter account.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Matt Hunter