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The Queen back at church after bout of illness

Queen Elizabeth has attended church near her rural Sandringham estate, after missing the previous two Sundays due to ill health.

Elizabeth missed Christmas service for 1st time in decades due to what Buckingham Palace said was a heavy cold

The Queen, in a car with Prince Philip, arrives to attend the morning church service at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, on Sunday, marking her first public appearance in several weeks. (Chris Radburn/Associated Press)

Queen Elizabeth has attended church near her rural Sandringham estate, after missing the previous two Sundays due to ill health.

The 90-year-old monarch was applauded by well-wishers as she arrived by car at St. Mary Magdalene Church in eastern England. It was her first public appearance in several weeks.

The Queen is a regular churchgoer, but missed the Christmas Day service for the first time in decades due to what Buckingham Palace said was a heavy cold.

She also did not attend on New Year's Day as she continued to recover.

The Queen — Britain's longest-reigning monarch — has generally been in good health in recent years, although she has cut down on travel and public appearances as she enters her 10th decade.

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