Queen to make late decision about New Year church service

The Queen
The Queen

The Queen will decide tomorrow whether she feels well enough to attend a New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham after being struck down over Christmas by a heavy cold.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh were forced to delay their journey from Buckingham Palace to their Norfolk estate in the days before Christmas after she fell ill.

The Queen also had to miss the Christmas Day ceremony at St Mary Magdalene Church, which other members of the royal family attended.

It is unclear whether the Queen will be well enough to attend the New Year’s Day service, though she is thought to be up and about, and it is expected a decision will be made in the morning before the ceremony.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “She is still recovering from a heavy cold”.