Senior members of The Royal Family attended the traditional New Year Day church service this morning at Sandringham, with one notable absence.
The Queen was unable to attend the service due to an ongoing “heavy cold” that she has been suffering with for the past couple of weeks.
Leading The Royal Family in Her Majesty’s place was The Duke of Edinburgh, who travelled to St. Mary Magdalene Church by car with the Countess of Wessex.
Following The Duke and Countess into Church were the Earl of Wessex, their children Lady Louise and James Windsor, The Princess Royal, Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence and other royals who have stayed with The Queen over Christmas
Upon leaving the Church, Princess Anne told wellwishers that The Queen was feeling “better”. Sir Timothy added that Her Majesty is “not too bad.”
In a statement, Buckingham Palace 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.”
The Queen was scheduled to make her first public appearance for over two weeks this morning for a traditional church service on her Norfolk estate.
It is not known when The Queen will next appear in public, although it could be at next week’s Sunday Church Service.
This follows the monarch having to miss the annual Christmas Day church service at Sandringham this year due to her recovering from a heavy cold.
Her Majesty has been known to have been suffering from a cold since at least a week before Christmas Day, when she cancelled her travel arrangments to Sandringham due to a “heavy cold”.
Prince Philip also fell ill to a heavy cold, and was initially worse off than The Queen.
However, as Christmas Day came nearer, The Duke got better but Her Majesty was still recovering from her sickness.