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The Queen’s Christmas break officially comes to an end as she leaves Sandringham for London

Her Majesty’s Christmas break officially comes to an end

The Queen’s Christmas break has officially come to an end as she returns to London after spending over a month in Norfolk at her country retreat.

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The Queen was spotted at King’s Lynn on Wednesday morning wearing an orange coat with a matching headscarf as she boarded a train back to London.

Leaving Sandringham will, perhaps, be a time tinged with sadness for the Monarch. Her departure comes the day after Accession Day, when the then Princess Elizabeth officially became Queen following the death of her father, King George VI.

He died at Sandringham House while Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were in Kenya, on tour of the Commonwealth.

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The Duke of Edinburgh is staying on a little longer at Sandringham. Therefore, The Queen travelled solo on her way back to the capital city.

Once the Royal Standard is flying above Buckingham Palace, The Queen will get straight back to work reading her ministerial red boxes and government correspondence.

The 91-year-old Monarch has one official engagement in the diary for this month as she will visit the Royal College of Physicians on the occasion of its Quincentenary.

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She has a further engagement planned in March, with more to be added to the diary.

This follows a busy 2017 when The Queen carried out 296 engagements in total.

Sandringham has been privately owned by the royal family since 1862 after it was purchased by Queen Victoria at the request of her son and future King, Prince Edward.

It has remained close to the royals since, and many members of The Royal Family gather here every year for the festive season.

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