Rebecca Vineyard
Updated Dec 26, 2016 @ 11:59 am
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We all have our holiday traditions – though most of ours don’t span three decades. Sadly, this year one long-running royal holiday tradition had to be skipped: Queen Elizabeth II missed her usual Christmas church service due to a nasty cold. She’s been going for nearly 30 years, so it’s kind of a big deal.

Queen Elizabeth is truly an inspiration. For one, she’s the world’s longest-reigning living monarch. (And she may be 90, but she loves social media, which is kinda awesome.) For another, she’s active in making the world a better place: The female head of state opened a research institute only a couple months ago. She’s definitely someone we look up to in a lot of ways.

Obviously, the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip are extremely active for being 90 and 95-years-old, respectively. However, that means they need all the rest they can get when they’re under the weather. According to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, they’re both suffering heavy colds. That meant a delay in their yearly holiday trip to Sandringham, and taking it easy once they were there.

The Queen has been attending her usual Christmas service every year since 1988. Sadly, this year the parish church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham missed her presence. Luckily, most of the Royal family was still in attendance.

We don’t know if we’d be as determined, but we definitely admire the Queen’s dedication. Hopefully, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip are already feeling better. We wish them both a speedy recovery!