Britain's Queen Elizabeth missed the royal family's annual church service at Sandringham on Sunday (23.12.12) as she was getting over a cold.
Queen Elizabeth missed a church service at Sandringham on Sunday (23.12.12) due to a cold.
The 86-year-old monarch was unable to join her husband Prince Philip, 91, and other members of the royal family for the 11am service at St Mary Magdalene Church but is expected to recover in time for Christmas celebrations at her estate in Norfolk, East England.
Her spokesperson said: ''She is getting over the tail end of a cold. That is why she was not at church today.
Continue reading: Queen Elizabeth Misses Church Service Due To Illness
Britain's Sophie, Countess of Wessex, often likes to pop in on her mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth after she has picked her children up from school.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth "loves" her daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex's visits to her home.
The Countess - who is married to Prince Edward - often enjoys a visit to Windsor Castle to see the queen when she picks her children Lady Louise, eight, and three-year-old James, Viscount Seven, up from school, and the monarch enjoys the trips as she did not get to spend much time with older grandchildren Prince William and Harry when they were growing up.
A source said: "You always know when the Wessexes are visiting because you'll have to step over the tricycle in the hallway.
Continue reading: Queen Elizabeth Enjoys Sophie's Visits
Actor Paul Bettany insists he's no upper class snob - despite being related to the wife of British royal Prince Edward, Sophie Wessex. The WIMBLEDON star admits the Countess of Wessex is not a blood relation, and his family are entirely average. He says, "My family are related to Sophie Wessex. She's my step-aunt's niece but it's not a blood relation, and even my aunt and her family aren't really poshies. "My dad was a teacher and my mum was a secretary; I think my upbringing was very average and middle-class."
Sophie underwent emergency Caesarian surgery at Surrey, England's FRIMLEY PARK HOSPITAL on 8 November (03), and the little girl - whose name has yet to be made public - was rushed to a special baby care unit at South London's ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL as a precaution.
But both mother and daughter have now been discharged from hospital to be reunited with the Prince.
Continue reading: Royal Parents Return Home With Baby
The emotional meeting took place at FRIMLEY PARK HOSPITAL in Surrey, South England where the un-named baby was born five weeks premature last Saturday (08NOV03).
After Sophie underwent an emergency Caesarian, the little girl was transferred to a special baby care unit at South London's ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL as a precaution. The Countess is still recovering from the operation and is not yet well enough to leave her hospital bed - but the tot is now back at Frimley Park Hospital after doctors decided she was well enough to travel.
Continue reading: Prince Edward + Sophie Meet Baby
Sophie Wessex's plans to reunite with her newborn baby have been scrapped, as the British royal remains under close observation in hospital following a difficult birth.
Sophie is still in FRIMLEY PARK HOSPITAL, Surrey, 56 kilometres (35 miles) away from her daughter, who was taken to London's ST GEORGE'S HOSPITAL as a precaution after being born a month prematurely on Saturday (08NOV03) - despite hopes that the COUNTESS OF WESSEX would be able to be discharged today (13NOV03).
A royal spokeswoman stated today, "We are going on day-by-day decision making - and there's nothing happening today."
Continue reading: Wessex Still Estranged From New Baby
The wife of British royal PRINCE EDWARDS will have to wait three days before she can be reunited with her newborn daughter.
Sophie Wessex, 38, gave birth to a two kilogram (four pounds and nine ounces) baby girl a month prematurely on Saturday evening (08NOV03) after being rushed to FRIMLEY PARK hospital in Surrey, England, complaining of stomach pains.
The as-yet un-named tot was transferred to a baby unit in south London, so doctors can monitor the princess - and medics say mother and daughter will have to be kept apart until Sophie is well enough to leave her hospital.
Continue reading: Countess And New Baby Kept Apart
The British royal family are celebrating today after it was revealed the
COUNTESS OF WESSEX is three months pregnant.
Sophie Wessex, the wife of Queen Elizabeth II's youngest son EDWARD, is
expecting the couple's first child in December (03). Sophie had previously lost
a baby when she suffered an ectopic pregnancy in 2001.
In a statement, the palace confirmed, "Their Royal Highnesses the Earl and
Countess of Wessex are very pleased to announce that the Countess of Wessex is
expecting a baby in December."
Continue reading: Wessex's Royal Pregnancy Joy
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