Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth II/Photo: AFP

By Andah John with agency report

Queen Elizabeth II will miss New Year’s Day church service due to a lingering “heavy cold”, Buckingham Palace have said.

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It was reported that the same ”cold” forced her to stay at home on Christmas Day.

The 90-year-old monarch, who is the supreme governor of the Church of England, will not join other members of the royal family as they attend church in Sandringham in Norfolk, eastern England.

“Her Majesty The Queen will not attend Sunday worship at Sandringham today,” the palace said in a media statement.

“The queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold.”

Traditionally,  the royal family spends Christmas together at the queen’s private Sandringham estate and attends services at the local St Mary Magdalene church.

It was reported that the monarch and her 95-year-old husband Prince Philip delayed their departure from London by a day as they were both suffering from heavy colds.

Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attended the Christmas Day service without his wife and is also expected to attend on Sunday.