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The Queen may still be too unwell to attend a New Year’s Day church service


Fears are growing over the Queen’s health amid fears that she still may be too unwell to attend a church service on New Year’s Day.

The British monarch is potentially expected to miss the annual New Year’s Day service which she usually attends at Sandringham. So far, said Buckingham Palace, no decision has been taken about whether the Queen, 90, is well enough to go to church.

Buckingham Palace says that the Queen is still suffering from a “heavy cold.” She and her husband Prince Philip, 95, were expected to travel to their Sandringham estate in Norfolk by train before Christmas. However, their plans were changed at the last minute with the pair said to be both suffering from “heavy colds”. Rather than go by train, they ended up travelling via helicopter, which landed in the grounds of Buckingham Palace to pick them up.

Still too poorly?

The Queen is understood to have spend Christmas Day celebrating with other senior royals at Sandringham. However, she was too ill to attend the annual church service. Now, she may still be too ill to go to the New Year’s Day service a week later. It has now been 11 days since the Queen has been seen in public.

Royal aides say they are not expecting to know if the Queen will be in attendance until New Year’s Day morning. The Queen and Prince Philip are understood to have been convalescing indoors at Sandringham House for much of the last week.

While the Queen is a lover of the Great Outdoors and is usually seen driving, walking or riding around the 20,000 acre Royal estate, she has not been seen outside at all since her arrival. However, it is understood that Prince Philip was able to join other members of the royal family for the traditional Boxing Day shoot.