Queen misses Christmas Day church service due to illness

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THE Queen will miss her traditional morning Christmas church service for the first time in nearly 30 years as she recovers from a serious cold. 

Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Monarch will not be attending the Sandringham service at the church of St Mary Magdalene, where she has worshipped every year since 1988.

Both she and the Duke of Edinburgh are suffering from a bout of illness that saw them flown by helicopter to their Sandringham estate, rather than take the train as planned, on Thursday December 22. 

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“The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery read a brief statement from the Palace, adding “Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”

Her Christmas message has already been recorded and will be broadcast at 3pm UK time as per usual.

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