Kate Middleton's birthday on Monday, January 9 was a special day for Kate, and it was also a day to celebrate Queen Elizabeth's return to public life. The Queen has been ill with a "heavy cold" and the day before Middleton's birthday marked the Queen's "first public appearance in five weeks."
According to the Mirror, Kate and Prince William attended services at Sandringham on the Sunday before Kate's birthday. After weeks of worry over Queen Elizabeth's health, locals were delighted to see that Queen Elizabeth, 90, and Prince Philip, 95, joined Kate and William for church.
Both Queen Elizabeth and her husband missed Christmas and New Year's church services because of illness, and Kate and William celebrated Christmas with the Middletons this year. The Sun reports that a happy group of around 250 Royal fans "were overjoyed" to finally get to see Middleton and Prince William together with William's grandparents in public again, now that the Queen's "hacking cough" is no longer likely to "disturb other worshippers."
The Queen took precautions against the cold weather and wore a warm royal blue coat with a matching blue blanket over her legs for the short drive in her well-known maroon Bentley. She appeared to be in good health, although one onlooker commented that Queen Elizabeth was "slightly more stooped" than she was before her illness.
The Queen walked to the church from her chauffeur-driven car without any help, although both Kate and William were nearby in case she needed a support. Prince George and Princess Charlotte were home with their nanny, leaving their parents to focus on the senior royals.
There were several visitors to Sandringham church on the Sunday before Kate's birthday, there to experience the historic site and to see Kate and the Queen.