Palace release statement amid break in Royal Christmas tradition

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For the first time in 28 years, Queen Elizabeth will not be attending the traditional Christmas service in Sandringham.

Since 1988, the Queen and members of the Royal Family have celebrated Christmas at St Mary Magdalene Church, but the monarch’s ill health has left her unable to attend today’s service.

Releasing a statement to the press and public, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen, who turned 90 this year, has made the decision to opt out of the service in an effort to recover from a cold.

“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.”

Various other members of the Royal Family will attend the service as usual.

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