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The Queen visits Sandringham WI

The Queen has spent the afternoon with members of Sandringham Women's Institute for tea and a talk by television presenter and historian Lucy Worsley.

After convalescing over the Christmas period with a heavy cold the Queen's third public appearance of the year was eagerly anticipated by the press.

The Queen arrives for the WI meeting

Each year the Queen visits WI members at West Newton village hall as part of her winter stay on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The monarch looked well as she stepped from the chauffeur-driven car and was greeted by Yvonne Browne, vice-president of the Sandringham branch.

Lucy Worsley, chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces and a TV presenter, had arrived earlier to give a talk to the members.

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Queen attends church after recovering from heavy cold

She'd missed her regular appearances on Christmas and New Year's Day. Credit: PA.

The Queen is attending church for the first time since a heavy cold kept her away from services over the festive period.

Wearing royal blue, the monarch arrived at St Mary Magdalene Church, close to her Sandringham estate on Sunday, having missed her regular appearances on Christmas Day and New Year's Day because of the lingering respiratory illness.

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

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the service after walking the short distance from the house to the church but there was no sign of Prince George or Princess Charlotte.

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Queen still receiving government red boxes despite cold

The Queen is continuing to recuperate at Sandringham. Credit: PA

Buckingham Palace have confirmed that the Queen is "continuing to recuperate" from a lingering cold that meant she had to miss two church services at Sandringham over Christmas.

Queen Elizabeth II wasn't able to attend both the Christmas Day and New Year's Day services due to her ill-health.

However, she is now believed to be making good progress and should be fine to carry out her next public engagement in February.

The Palace also added that she is continuing to deal with the documents she receives in her ministerial red boxes on a daily basis.

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