Queen misses second church service with heavy cold

LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II missed a New Year’s Day church service on Sunday because of a lingering “heavy cold” that also forced her to stay at home on Christmas Day, Buckingham Palace said. The 90-year-old, the world’s longest reigning monarch, is however continuing to receive her red boxes containing official papers and is up and about, a royal source said. The queen as usual spent Christmas at her private Sandringham estate in Norfolk, eastern England, with members of her family. The royals normally attend church services at the local St Mary Magdalene church but the queen, who is the supreme governor of the Church of England, missed the Christmas Day ceremony. — AFP