Heath fears continue to surround the British monarch as it has been confirmed the Queen will not be attending a New Year’s Day church service in Sandringham because she still has a “heavy cold”.

While Buckingham Palace said they would not know until the last minute whether the Queen would be attending church, they have now confirmed that she is not well enough to go to the service.

However, while there has been much speculation about the Queen’s health, sources close to the palace have insisted that she is “up and about” and that while she does not feel well enough yet to go out, she is working on official papers.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson 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.”

Prince Philip

However, her husband Prince Philip, 95, is expcted to go to the service, which will be led by the Bishop of Norwich. While he managed to attend a Christmas Day service last week, the Queen was too unwell to go to the service, which she has previously attended for the last 28 years.

Prince Philip was spotted walking to St Mary Magdalene church, without his wife, but with other senior members of the royal family, including Prince Charles and Prince Harry. This time around, he is set to also be joined by Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.

It has now been 12 days since the Queen was seen in public. While she is usually seen out and about in the grounds of Sandringham House, where she usually stays during the winter months, the Queen and Prince Philip have spent most of the last week indoors together recouperating from what officials say are seasonal illnesses.