Picture special: Royal family members arrive at Sandringham Church for Christmas service as heavy cold keeps the Queen at home
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The Queen will miss the annual Christmas Day church service at Sandringham with her family as she is still recovering from a heavy cold, Buckingham Palace has said.
Crowds of royal-watchers gathered outside the church to see the Queen and other members of the royal family arrive for the traditional festive service.
But a lingering cold forced the Queen to remain at Sandringham House.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had delayed their trip to the private Sandringham estate by a day after they both became ill.
But they were well enough to travel from Buckingham Palace by helicopter to the Queen's home on Thursday.
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A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: '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.'
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