Queen Elizabeth II Misses New Year’s Church Service, Sparks Health Concerns
Queen Elizabeth II missed the traditional New Years’ Day church service on the first Sunday of 2017 due to effects of a cold she has been suffering from. That was after a Twitter hoax several days earlier convinced people that she was dead.
According to the Buckingham Palace, the queen was not ready to attend the church service mainly because she was still recuperating from a severe cold. Even though the palace has not given official indication that the queen is suffering from a serious illness, the prolonged illness has raised many concerns because flu and colds can be life threatening for elderly people.
In responses to a question from People magazine, the Palace spokesperson went into details saying that the queen will stay indoors to help with her recovery.
The queen also missed Christmas Service, again for the first time in nearly 30 years, but her husband Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Prince Harry attended the services near Sandringham royal estate, northeast England.
A Twitter account featuring the handle @BBCNewsUKI, that has since been suspended, broadcasted a message that claimed Buckingham Palace had announced Queen Elizabeth’s death. The Twitter hoax read that the circumstances to her death were unknown and more details would follow later.
The @BBCNewsUKI later tweeted a rather less-BBC-like tweet that showed that the news about the death were not real. However, news about the queen’s death still sparked hysteria online, with very many users rushing to post condolences and others trying to verify the news.
Queen Elizabeth II is the Church of England’s Supreme Governor, who is known to be very religious, and in around three decades she has always shaken hands with well –wishers at Sandringham.
The inclement weather might have contributed to the queen’s decision of remaining indoors as it was cold with steadier rain in Norfolk area around 110 miles north of London where Queen Elizabeth maintains her private estate known as Sandringham.
The queen, 90 years old, and the longest reigning monarch in the history of Britain, together with her husband (Prince Philip) delayed their departure for Christmas holidays in Sandringham because they were both suffering from severe colds. One day later, they traveled to the estate using a helicopter instead of a train like the one they have done before. Generally, in most recent years, Queen Elizabeth has been in good health although she has reduced on her public appearances and travelling.
Philip, 95-year-old, has also cut down on his schedule but he managed to attend over 100 public events in the year 2016. The Prince was driven to the church grounds in a royal Range Rover. In his youthful days, he arrived to the church by foot.