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Back to Windsor, and to work, for The Queen

The Queen traditionally always has a quiet January and early February at Sandringham. She only travelled to Sandringham from Windsor Castle last week to mark her Accession Day as she always does. However, she is heading back to work and has a busy March planned.

Her Majesty is returning to Windsor Castle, where she has spent most of the last two years. While she has been continuing with much of her day to day work, she will once again have in-person engagements starting at the beginning of March. 

On 2 March, The Queen will host a Diplomatic Reception. At the reception, Queen Elizabeth and other senior members of the Royal Family host up to 500 members of the Diplomatic Corps. It is normally held in November or December but has instead been replanned for March due to the global health crisis. In regular years, it is usually held at Buckingham Palace but will instead take place at Windsor this year. 

Her Majesty will also attend the Commonwealth Day Service on 14 March at Westminster Abbey. It is an annual service where the Royal Family celebrates the 54 Commonwealth nations, what they have achieved over the last year, and what they hope to achieve together. Traditionally, the service has been incredibly important to The Queen, as she holds her role as Head of the Commonwealth in high regard. In 2021, it was held virtually with prerecorded messages from several members of the Royal Family. 

Finally, on 29 March, there will be a Service of Thanksgiving to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s life at Westminster Abbey. The Queen is expected to attend the service in honour of her late husband. Prince Philip passed away at the age of 99 in April 2021, and due to health orders, the funeral was limited to 30 mourners. The Service of Thanksgiving is by invitation only. 

In addition to these major engagements, Her Majesty will also be conducting virtual meetings and Privy Councils. 

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