The royal family — who were joined by Kate’s mother Carole Middleton, brother James Middleton and sister Pippa Middleton — were spotted smiling and chatting with locals as they arrived at St. Mary Magdalene church on the Queen’s Sandringham estate. The 90-year-old monarch has been suffering from a heavy cold that had caused her to miss her annual Christmas Day and New Year’s church services. But it appears that on Sunday she rallied for her first public appearance in nearly one month and her first outing since confirming that she was under the weather.
A simple statement from Buckingham Palace was released Sunday morning confirming her attendance.
While ill, the Queen has been staying indoors, working on her government papers and honoring a trusted long-standing servant with a special award. Last week, in a bid to reassure fans, her daughter Princess Anne said at the New Year’s Day service that the Queen was getting “better.”