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Queen delays trip to Sandringham because of heavy cold

The Queen was expected to travel to Sandringham today for the start of her Christmas break. Credit: PA

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have heavy colds and have decided not to travel to Sandringham today, Buckingham Palace has said.

They were expected to go by train to King's Lynn and then on to her nearby Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The royal couple instead stayed at Buckingham Palace.

There was a police presence at the station this morning, but the officers later left.