The Queen is feeling “better” despite missing a New Year’s Day church service at Sandringham, her daughter Princess Anne has said.

Princess Anne spoke to well-wishers outside the church after attending the service with her father Prince Philip, brother Prince Edward and other royals.

Buckingham Palace said the Queen is “still recuperating” from a heavy cold.

Missing church was a “precautionary measure” in cold and wet weather and there was “no sense of undue concern”.

Twelve days ago the palace said both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh had heavy colds and had cancelled their plans to travel to Sandringham on 21 December.

They left for their Christmas break a day late, travelling by helicopter instead of train.

Prince Philip has since made a full recovery.