Queen Elizabeth Cancels Christmas Travel Plans Due to 'Heavy Cold'

Royals at Sandringham

The 90-year-old monarch had been due to catch a train out of King's Cross to King's Lynn, a short drive from her private Sandringham estate where she resides until early February.

But Buckingham Palace said the Queen and the duke both had heavy colds and had decided not to travel.

Police and staff were at the station in London waiting for the queen but photographers were suddenly told the trip would not be going ahead, British media reported. She was then scheduled to leave London on Wednesday.

However, the royal couple are still expected to make it to Sandringham in time for Christmas.

Anti-terrorism cops across the United Kingdom have stepped up their presence over fears Britain could bone targeted next.

Buckingham Palace has released a statement following a last-minute decision to cancel the Queen's Christmas travel plans.

The news comes after it was announced that the Queen will step down from some of her royal duties.

"Her Majesty is now patron of more than 600 organisations and has enjoyed a close and active association with a great number of them throughout her reign", the statement continued.

Her patronages will be handed over to other members of the Royal Family; Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge will be patron of Wimbledon, while the Duke of Kent, as president of the All England club, will continue to present trophies at the Championships.

Some of the charities being passed on by the Queen include the NSPCC, Battersea Dogs Home and the Rugby Football union.

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