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The Queen’s poignant return to the Sandringham Estate

Her Majesty The Queen has returned to the Sandringham Estate for a poignant visit ahead of the 70th anniversary of the death of her father and her own Accession Day on 6th February. According to the Mail on Sunday, staff on the Sandringham Estate have been preparing for Her Majesty’s return for a number of days.

In an even more poignant move, The Queen is expected to not stay at the main house at Sandringham but instead will reside at Wood Farm – the place that Prince Philip called home after his retirement from public duties in 2017. Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh died at the age of 99 in April 2021.

A source told the Mail on Sunday, “Everything is being put in order for The Queen’s visit. We’ve been told that she will stay at Wood Farm, rather than the main house, which is nice as that always had a special place in his (Philip’s) heart.

The Queen has stayed in the cottage on a number of occasions before, travelling to Norfolk to spend time with Prince Philip when she wasn’t required for duties in London. However, this will be the first occasion since The Duke of Edinburgh’s death that she has stayed at the cottage.

Her Majesty will mark seventy years on the throne on 6th February 2022. The date is always a poignant one for The Queen as it marks the untimely death of her father, King George VI, on 6th February 1952 at the young age of just 56.

The Queen last visited the Sandringham Estate in early November and it was expected that, as is custom, she would return there for the Christmas period. Unfortunately, due to new Covid restrictions, The Queen remained at Windsor Castle for Christmas where she was visited by close family members including The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

Her Majesty arrived at Sandringham from Windsor via helicopter on Sunday 23rd January.

Photo: Iain Cameron

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