Queen misses church for the first time in years, as fans worry about her health

The Queen missed a Sunday church service which has raised concerns about her majesty’s health

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The Queen recently missed a Sunday service at a local Windsor chapel. This news comes just days after her majesty's short stay in King Edward VII's Hospital in London—as concerns about her health mount. 

For the first time in years, her majesty has missed a church service at Winsdor Chapel. This was merely a few days following the revelation that Queen spent a night in hospital after undergoing 'preliminary investigations.'

Buckingham Palace announced that she visited a London hospital on October 21. Despite reassuring fans that the Queen was in 'good spirits,' it was decided that the Queen should also miss a Sunday service at Windsor chapel. 

As the head of the Church of England, the monarch is a devoutly religious person who attends church regularly. Her lack of attendance, due to poor health, has worried fans only weeks after the Queen was spotted with a walking stick when she attended a royal engagement.

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However, royal insiders have speculated that this may be a good thing for the Queen, who needs this time to recuperate before the COP26 (2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference).

This is an international event which she is due to attend along with other world leaders—some of which the Queen referred to as irritating—from Sunday, October 31 until Friday, November 12. 

Royal author Angela Levin said told The Sun, “I am delighted she did not go to church because she is perhaps ­listening and agreeing to temporarily step back."

“Going to church on a Sunday sounds just a small event but it is a very big thing for the Queen and for any woman of her age."

Angela concluded, "It is very sensible to give it a miss so she can do more in the future.”

A royal source also told the Sunday Times, "She is knackered." Since the death of her husband Prince Philip who died aged 99 in April, the Queen has attended 120 official engagements. At 95 years of age, 120 official visits in 194 days is an incredible feat which could explain why the royal needs some rest before her next engagement.

Another source also told the Sunday Times, "She is fine, but she needs the rest—she is saving her energy for Cop [Cop26].”


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This is the first time since 2017 that the Queen has missed a church service for health reasons—because she was suffering from a lingering cold.

At the time, a palace spokesperson announced, "Her Majesty the Queen will not attend Sunday worship at Sandringham today. The Queen does not yet feel ready to attend church as she is still recuperating from a heavy cold.”

Although it has not been revealed that the Queen has any serious health problems, fans have been concerned about the aging monarch in recent months. 

Rumors that the Queen’s ‘fragile’ condition has delayed a Christmas visit from Meghan and Harry, and reports that the Queen has been urged to give up alcohol by concerned doctors, have only compounded fears about Her Majesty's health. 

Many are desperate to see the head of the royal family well again and are wishing her a speedy recovery ahead of her next engagement.

Laura Harman

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