Queen Elizabeth makes first public appearance since coming down with heavy cold

Britain's Queen Elizabeth made her first public appearance at church on Sunday after a heavy cold forced to cancel her traditional Christmas celebration late last year.

The queen was cheered on by well-wishers at St. Mary Magdalene Church near her rural Sandringham estate as she arrived alongside her husband Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh. Other family members, including the queen's grandson Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, formally known as the Duchess of Cambridge, attended the service as well.

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The queen's office confirmed that she had resumed her royal duties earlier in the week when she presented an honor during a private ceremony, but also noted that she was still recovering from the severe cold.

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KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh depart after attending the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen missed services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day after suffering a heavy cold. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 08: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh depart after attending the Sunday service at St Mary Magdalene Church, Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. The Queen missed services on Christmas Day and New Year's Day after suffering a heavy cold. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II attends St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip leave after a service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Britain January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Walter
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip leave after a service at St. Mary Magdalene church in Sandringham, Britain January 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alan Walter
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II attends St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
KING'S LYNN, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend St Mary Magdalene Church at Sandringham on January 8, 2017 in King's Lynn, England. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
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The 90-year-old monarch's illness had sparked rumors about her health and the possibility that she may step down from her role and allow someone else in her family to take the reins. The queen, and her husband, landed on at least one list predicting famous deaths in 2017.

Many outlets have explored the potential fallout such a move -- or perhaps even her death -- would bring, especially amid the still uncertain Brexit process.

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The queen's first appearance came on the same day that Prime Minister Theresa May gave a major television interview in which she promised that details on the Brexit process would be released in the coming weeks.

British discussions with the European Union over the impending split are expected to begin as early as April of this year.

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