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The Queen and Prince Philip depart for Sandringham by helicopter

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have departed Buckingham Palace this afternoon to travel to Sandringham, where the couple will spend the Christmas season

The 90-year-old Queen and 95-year-old Prince Philip are flying to Norfolk by helicopter rather than train.

They were originally going to travel Sandringham on Wednesday, but the plans were cancelled due to both Her Majesty and the Duke suffering from heavy colds.

In a statement released yesterday, Buckingham Palace said: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have heavy colds, and so have decided not to travel to Sandringham today.”

The Queen will now stay in Norfolk until February. Prince Philip usually returns to London shortly before Her Majesty.

Her Majesty was expected to leave London for Kings Lynn by train, however, for the monarch’s comfort, this was changed to air travel.

On Tuesday, The Queen hosted a traditional pre-Christmas dinner for members of her extended family at Buckingham Palace. She was then scheduled to leave London on Wednesday.

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  • Diane Brown

    Second paragraph ~ nonsensical

    • Anastasia Beaverhausen

      What’s nonsensical about “The 90-year-old Queen and 95-year-old Prince Philip are flying to Norfolk by helicopter rather than train.” Makes perfect sense.

      • Clive Sebastian Marks

        Ever seen a flying train?

        • Anastasia Beaverhausen

          They took a helicopter “rather than train”. Still don’t get it? Doofus.

          • Clive Sebastian Marks

            This is the passage:

            “The 90-year-old Queen and 95-year-old Prince Philip are FLYING to Norfolk by helicopter rather than train.”

            It should have said:

            “The 90-year-old Queen and 95-year-old Prince Philip are TRAVELLING to Norfolk by helicopter rather than train.”

            Or even the following is acceptable these days:

            “The 90-year-old Queen and 95-year-old Prince Philip are FLYING to Norfolk by helicopter rather than TAKING a train.”

          • Anastasia Beaverhausen

            Gawd, you still don’t get it! “Train” is being used as a VERB, meaning “transport by train”, not a NOUN as in “there’s a train”. I didn’t think I’d have to be Captain Obvious with you, but I guess English is your second language.

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