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The Queen

Fears over Christmas Day church visit as The Queen may not be able to attend due to sickness

Concerns were raised on Friday that The Queen might be prevented from attending the traditional visit to St Mary Magdalene Church on Christmas Day due to sickness.

These concerns were further heightened when Buckingham Palace refused to comment on whether or not Her Majesty will attend the church on her Sandringham Estate this Christmas.

The news comes after The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had to cancel their Christmas travel plans to Sandringham on Wednesday due to both of them coming down with a sudden, heavy cold.

Instead, the monarch was transported to Sandringham on Thursday via helicopter, rather than a train to from London’s Kings Cross to Kings Lynn.

If Her Majesty does not attend the Church service on Sunday morning, it would be the first time this has happened since 1988.

The Queen attends St Mary Magdalene Church every Christmas with members of her family.

The church service is the only public appearance the Royal Family make on December 25th. Afterwards, she hosts Christmas dinner for senior members of the family, before settling down to watch The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast at 3pm.

Absent from proceedings this year will be The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, alongside their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

The Cambridge family have instead opted to spent Christmas in Berkshire this year with the Middleton family.

Last year, the Cambridge family joined 29 other members of the family who The Queen hosted for dinner at Sandringham. Previously, at Christmas in 2012, the Cambridge family spent Christmas Day with the Middletons, but have been at Sandringham every other year.

In 2012, the Cambridges still went to church on Christmas morning, however, it was a private affair with no media presence.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are expected to remain at Sandringham until early to mid-February before returning to London.