Queen Elizabeth II misses Christmas service due to ‘heavy cold,’ praises athletes in pre-taped address

SANDRINGHAM, England — A heavy cold kept Queen Elizabeth II from attending the traditional Christmas morning church service near her Sandringham estate in rural Norfolk, England.

Andrew Matthews/Pool via APBritain's Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge with their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte arrive to attend the morning Christmas Day service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, England, Sunday Dec. 25.

It is extremely rare for Elizabeth to miss the service,...

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