The Queen cancels another public appearance as rumours swirl about her health

LONDON – The Queen will not attend a New Year’s Day church service as she continues to suffer from a heavy cold, according to Sky News.

Queen Elizabeth II was due to attend the service at Sandringham but decided against the public appearance. It is the second time she has not attended church over the festive period after missing the Christmas Day service.

According to Sky News, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Her Majesty the Queen will not attend Sunday worship at Sandringham today. The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold.”

News first emerged of her condition when she and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, did not take the train as usual to Sandringham before Christmas.

Rumours have swirled this week about the severity of the Queen’s cold and on Thursday, there was a hoax report about her death from a fake BBC News Twitter account.

Separately, there were fears that an announcement could be made about her death at 8 a.m. on Friday morning, according to The Sun. The newspaper said BBC staff were wearing black in preparation to go into mourning and news teams were setting up outside Buckingham Palace.

But Sky New’s royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills said on Sunday that there is “no sense of alarm” or “undue concern” about the Queen’s health among Buckingham Palace staff.

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