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Duke attends Sandringham service without Queen

The Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham today. Credit: PA

The Duke of Edinburgh braved challenging weather conditions to attend the annual New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham this morning.

The Duke was driven to the service at the St Mary Magdalene Church in a Range Rover, while other members of the Royal Family walked.

The Queen missed the service as she continues to recover from a heavy cold.

Queen to miss New Year's Day Sandringham service

The Queen won't attend the service at Sandringham. Credit: PA

Buckingham Palace have confirmed the Queen will not attend the New Year's Day church service at Sandringham as she continues to recover from a lingering cold.

In a statement, the Palace said Queen Elizabeth II doesn't "yet feel ready to attend church" and will instead continue to recuperate.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh were forced to delay their annual trip to Norfolk due to the illness, and she also recently missed the Christmas Day service for the first time in 28 years.

Although the Queen hasn't been seen in public for more than a week now, it's understood she's up and about.

The Duke is expected to attend the service as normal which will be led by the Bishop of Norwich.

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Queen could miss New Year's Day Sandringham service

The Queen is still struggling with a heavy cold. Credit: PA

The Queen may miss tomorrow's New Year's Day church service at Sandringham.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman says a decision will be made in the morning as to whether she's well enough to attend.

The 90-year-old monarch has not been seen in public for 11 days .

A heavy cold forced her to miss the Christmas Day service at Sandringham for the first time in 28 years.

The Queen is continuing to recover from her heavy cold and is still in the residence of Sandringham.

We probably will not know what is happening until the morning.

– Buckingham Palace spokeswoman

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