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In this photo released early Sunday Dec. 25, 2016, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II poses for a photo, sitting at a desk in the Regency Room of Buckingham Palace in London, after recording her traditional Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth. Queen Elizabeth prerecords her traditional Christmas Day festive speech to be broadcast to the British Commonwealth nations on Christmas Day. (Yui Mok / Pool via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II skipped her annual Christmas service to recover from a 'heavy cold'


Queen Elizabeth, 90, did not attend church on Christmas Day, Buckingham Palace announced Sunday after confirming she is recovering from a "heavy cold," according to CNN. She's attended every year since 1988.

This is the Buckingham Palace statement on the status of her health:
"Her Majesty the Queen will not attend Church at Sandringham this morning. The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery. Her majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.

Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, The Duchess of Cornwall lead other members of the Royal family as they arrive to attend a Christmas day church service in Sandringham, England, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016. A heavy cold is keeping Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

The Queen's husband Prince Philip, her son Prince Charles, and her grandson Prince Harry all went to church Sunday (Dec. 25).

Her annual Christmas Day message was released to the British Commonwealth nations.

Here the Queen is giving her first televised Christmas address in 1957.

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