Queen Elizabeth II battling weeks-long illness
THE health of Queen Elizabeth II remains a concern, more than five weeks after she was last seen in public.
The Queen continues to battle a heavy cold and may again be forced to miss her Sunday church service. Buckingham Palace has declined to confirm if the 90-year-old will be there.
She will make a late decision on whether she has recovered sufficiently to attend the service at the 16th century St Mary Magdalene church.
She continues to battle a "hacking cough" according to The Mirror, which is said to be affecting hundreds of thousands throughout Britain. The illness cannot be treated with antibiotics with doctors only able to prescribe rest, food and fluids.
The monarch's ill health has interrupted her attendance at services and occasions throughout the Christmas and New Year's period. The Palace's last statement on the issue was released last Sunday when it confirmed Queen Elizabeth II would not be attending last week's service.
"The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold," the statement read.
However Princess Anne said was week her mother was "better" after she attended church with her father Prince Phillip.
Prince Phillip, 95, had suffered from a similar illness but has since recovered.
Speculation continues as to the full extent of the Queen's illness after she was forced to cancel her attendance at traditional Christmas and New Year's services for the first time in her 64-year reign.
According to reports, the Queen was last seen in public on December 1, when she visited the Goodenough College in London. She was last officially photographed on December 9, when she attended a ceremony to meet the Ambassador to Liberia and the High Commissioner of Bangladesh.
The Queen and Prince Phillip are said to have hosted their traditional Christmas party for Buckingham Palace staff on December 20. The couple were due to travel by train from London to Norfolk for Christmas at Sandringham the next day.
However those plans were cancelled due to "heavy colds". They flew by helicopter the following day.
The Queen was well enough to put together her traditional Christmas message, in which she spoke of how light can triumph over "the darkness" the world confronted in 2016.