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WI welcomes VIP

The Queen visits Sandringham WI every January Credit: ITV Anglia

The WI in Sandringham is expecting to welcome its most famous member today.

Every January the Norfolk branch of the Women's Institute invites its president, Her Majesty The Queen. She is due to attend a special branch meeting later this afternoon.

The Queen misses Sandringham service

The Queen missed a Sunday church service today at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk after suffering from a cold, Buckingham Palace said.

While at Sandringham she usually visits St Mary Magdalene Church every Sunday, but today dozens of well wishers who turned up to see the monarch were disappointed when she did not attend.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "The Queen was getting over the tail end of a cold. We are expecting business as usual next week."

The Queen in London last week Credit: Press Association

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