Queen misses Christ­mas ser­vice due to ill­ness

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

SAN­DRING­HAM | A bad cold kept Queen El­iz­a­beth II from at­tend­ing the tra­di­tional Christ­mas morn­ing church ser­vice near her San­dring­ham es­tate in ru­ral Nor­folk, Eng­land, rais­ing some con­cerns about her health.

It’s ex­tremely rare for El­iz­a­beth, now 90, to miss the ser­vice, which is a cor­ner­stone of the royal fam­ily’s Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and brings the monarch into con­tact with lo­cals who gather out­side for a glimpse of her.

El­iz­a­beth has been in gen­er­ally good health and has main­tained an ac­tive sched­ule in the last year de­spite trav­el­ing less of­ten than in the past.

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