In almost a month on Sunday, allaying concerns about her health after she missed Christmas and New Year’s Day church services because of what Buckingham Palace described as a persistent cold.
The queen, who will turn 91 in April, attended services at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, with Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife, as well as several members of the Duchess of Cambridge’s family, including her sister, Pippa, and brother, James.
Before Sunday, the queen, whose appearances are usually a staple of the holiday season, had not been seen in public since Dec. 9.
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Her absence on Christmas Day was the first time in 30 years that she had not attended the holiday service.
Royal-watchers on social media celebrated the queen’s reappearance.
“The Queen has been seen in public,” one Twitter user said. “Huge relief. I can sleep easy in my bed now.”
The Queen is on her way to church after missing services over Christmas and New Year due to heavy cold
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The queen’s re-emergence came several weeks after a widespread Twitter hoax started by a fake BBC account that convinced many of her fans that she had died.
Thought Queen Elizabeth II had died. Told my mom. Instantly in tears, clutching her commemorative phone case. Whoops.
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Despite feeling under the weather, the queen managed to record her traditional Christmas broadcast.
“The message of Christmas reminds us that inspiration is a gift to be given as well as received, and that love begins small but always grows,” she said then. “I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”
The news reaches us from BBC in United Kingdom.