Queen Elizabeth II missed a traditional New Year’s Day church service Sunday, which Buckingham Palace attributes to a very bad cold. They said the queen “does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold.”
It was extremely unusual for the queen to not attend the service, long part of her New Year’s Day routine. Elizabeth also missed the Christmas church service last week for the first time in decades. She is recuperating out of the public eye in one of her favorite homes.
The 90-year-old queen, the longest reigning monarch in British history, had earlier delayed her departure for Sandringham for the Christmas holidays because both she and her husband, Prince Philip, were suffering from intense colds.
She traveled one day later than planned and used a helicopter rather than a train to shorten the travel time.
Her prolonged illness has raised some concerns because colds and flus can be dangerous for elderly people. The queen has generally been in good health in recent years, although she has cut down somewhat on her traveling and public appearances.
Let’s hope the Queen is able to recuperate, although her illness is worrying people because she’s never been out of the public eye for so long.