The Queen arrives at Wood Farm, Sandringham for a sombre start to the Platinum Jubilee

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Buckingham Palace has confirmed that The Queen has arrived at Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate, a month after her Christmas visit to Norfolk was cancelled.

Her Majesty travelled from Windsor Castle to Sandringham by helicopter on Sunday morning.

it is expected that the 95-year-old monarch will remain at her country retreat for a number of weeks.

As has been tradition for many years, The Queen’s visit to Sandringham coincides with the anniversary of her father’s death in 1952.

On February 6, The Queen will officially mark 70 years as monarch following the untimely death of King George VI.

Her Majesty will spend Accession Day in quiet, sombre reflection.

Official celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee will take place months later at an appropriate time.

Sandringham holds a poignant place in The Queen’s heart. It was there, in the early hours of February 6th 1952, that her father died in his sleep. The exact time of his death isn’t known. He was found the following morning when a servant went to wake him – his throne had passed silently, and without witness, to his elder daughter, Elizabeth, who was in Kenya at the time. 

Sandringham was also the place where Prince Philip spent most time in the last years of his life. He lived at Wood Farm on the estate. It’s understood The Queen hasn’t returned there since his death, on April 9th 2021.