Wednesday, May 25

Queen could not attend New Year’s Day service due to heavy cold



The Queen could not attend a New Year’s Day service at Sandringham after coming down the heavy cold.

Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were forced to delay their journey from Buckingham Palace to their Norfolk estate in the days before Christmas after she fell ill.

The 90-year-old also had to miss the Christmas Day ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Church, which other members of the royal family attended.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen was still suffering the effects of the cold and had decided not to attend the service with other members of the royal family.

The Queen has had the cold for more than a week, although she is understood to be up and about.

Prince Philip is expected to attend the service, led by the Bishop of Norwich, after fully recovering from his cold.

It is not known whether the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have travelled to Sandringham for new year after they, Prince George and Princess Charlotte spent Christmas with Kate’s family at Bucklebury in Berkshire.

A 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.