Queen Mother ‘ill with bug’

The Queen Mother, who has not been seen in public for more than two months, was last night said to be confined to her room with a bug.

The 101-year-old Royal failed to attended a scheduled engagement at the Royal Family’s home on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk yesterday.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Queen Elizabeth did not attend today’s Women’s Institute meeting at Sandringham House. She is still resting from the bug she caught at Christmas and continuing her recovery.”

The Queen Mother was last seen in public on November 22 when she re-commissioned the aircraft carrier Ark Royal at a ceremony in Portsmouth, Hampshire. She has not attended any church services in recent weeks.

The Queen Mother, president of the Sandringham WI branch for 65 years, had been due to meet members with the Queen in the ballroom at Sandringham House.