Dasha Fayvinova
Updated Jan 08, 2017 @ 1:59 pm
The Queen Visits Goodenough college
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On the whole, it’s a pretty sweet gig to be a member of the royal family. But being a monarch must have its downsides as well. For one thing, it can take its toll on your health. Just ask poor Queen Elizabeth II, who missed out on most of the holidays due to a nasty cold. In good news, though, the Queen just made her first public appearance since her illness and we’re so glad she’s’ feeling better!

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Queen Elizabeth made her first public appearance at church, after keeping a low profile and staying in for a full month. She joined her immediate family, Prince William and Princess Kate, for the occasion. Her great-grandkids stayed at home. But it must have been a relief for the queen, who is a regular at church, to get back to her routine. Nothing can keep her down long!

Even a shameful hoax about her.

In addition to this being her first public appearance since December 9th, it served to dispel the rumors that the Queen had passed on. A fake Twitter account posing as the BBC claimed that Queen Elizabeth had passed on December 30th. They even included photoshopped headlines that looked quite real at first. The account has since been suspended, and the perpetrators have been roundly smacked down by the royals-loving Internet.

No, of course we’re not going to skip the hat.

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Possibly because she missed out on so much holiday merriment, we’d like to point out that her Majesty was supporting one kick-ass hat on her first outing. In one of her favorite shades with a distinctly Mad-Hatter bent, this festive fedora makes us even happier to have Britain’s monarch back out of the sick bed.

Welcome back, Queen Elizabeth!