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BREAKING NEWS: Queen to miss New Year’s Day Church service due to illness

The Queen is unable to attend Divine Service at Sandringham on New Year’s Day due to illness, Buckingham Palace has confirmed.

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.

The 90-year-old monarch traditionally attends the Sunday morning Church services at Sandringham. This is the second week in a row Her Majesty has been unable to attend.

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.”

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.

As a result, she wasn’t able to attend the Christmas morning Church service at St Mary Magdalene Church for the first time since 1988. Before 1988, Her Majesty attended a church service at Windsor meaning this was the first time The Queen was absent from communion in recent living memory.

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