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Queen Elizabeth attends church service in first public appearance in month

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Allen Cone
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolkafter after attending services on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The queen missed Christmas Eve and New Year services because of a cold. Photo by Gerry Penny/European Pressphoto Agency
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave the St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolkafter after attending services on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The queen missed Christmas Eve and New Year services because of a cold. Photo by Gerry Penny/European Pressphoto Agency

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Queen Elizabeth went to church on Sunday, her first public appearance since missing Christmas and New Year services due to a cold.

The queen, 90, arrived at St. Mary Magdalene Church at Norfolk near her country estate Sandringham, where she has been recuperating for three weeks. She was cheered by well-wishers along the roadside and outside the church.

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She walked unaided into the church for the 45-minute service, accompanied by her 95-year-old husband Prince Philip, Princess Kate and Prince William. Also in attendance were Kate's mother Carole Middleton, brother James Middleton and sister Pippa Middleton.

Phillip, 95, has also been battling a cold in recent weeks but was able to attend both holiday services.

Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, hadn't been seen in public since Dec. 9 when she hosted the ambassador of Liberi at Buckingham Palace. She also pre-recorded her Christmas broadcast, and hosted a private pre-Christmas party for her family and diplomats at the palace.

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