Her Majesty The Queen has yesterday returned to Buckingham Palace after an extended break at her Christmas retreat, Sandringham House this year. Prince Philip usually stays on at the estate until later than the Queen as he likes to continue hunting game on the estate. Yesterday at Buckingham Palace, the Queen received an ambassador for the Netherlands.
The official extract from the court circular yesterday read:
Her Excellency Ms. Laetitia van den Assum was received in audience by The Queen today and presented the Letters of Recall of her predecessor and her own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Court of St. James’s.
The court circular also details that Her Majesty held a meeting of the Privy Council at 5.30pm yesterday.
It is back to work for Her Majesty over the coming months now, bar for Easter which she stays at Windsor Castle for a week or so. Today she holds an investiture ceremony for Olympic/Paralympic medal winners to receive their honours. Her next official engagement then is the opening of the new Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel Road, London on 27th February, before retiring to Windsor shortly before or after that.
Then, next month’s royal excitement begins with a trip to Rome for two days with the Duke Of Edinburgh.
From thereon in, royal engagements carry on full swing as she enters the busiest time of the year including the Royal Maundy service on 28th March, Chelsea Flower Show on 20th May, Westminster Abbey Coronation service on 3rd June and Trooping The Colour on 15th June.