This is why the Queen was forced to pull out of a special annual event last minute

She had to miss out on an event she attends every year.

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Her Majesty the Queen has been forced to pull out of a special annual event because of illness.

Every year, the the Queen joins the Sandringham's branch of the Women’s Institute for a meeting where she is said to enjoy a spot of cake washed down with Yorkshire tea, while listening to speeches from the all-female organisation.

Sadly, the 93-year-old monarch was forced to break the traditional visit to West Newton village hall yesterday, which she has been continuing since 1943, after being struck down with a cold.

The head of the royal family is said to have pulled out of the visit around half an hour before it started.

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Her Royal Highness’ sniffles are no concern though. A Buckingham Palace representative confirmed that she is suffering from a “slight cold”, while royal insider reportedly told the Daily Mail that there is “no cause for alarm”.

Having skipped the get together to recover from the illness, the Queen missed out on a speech from BBC newsreader, Huw Edwards.

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The Queen made her last public appearance on Sunday, when she stepped out alongside her son, Prince Andrew.

The royals grinned as they headed to a church service near the family’s Sandringham Estate, where the Queen is currently residing for her winter stay.

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Her Majesty walked alongside Prince Andrew as they headed to the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Hillington for the Sunday morning service.

At the end of last year, Prince Andrew, 59, announced he was “stepping back” from royal duties with permission from his head of state mother, following allegations of his involvement with sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein.