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The Queen

The Queen’s Christmas holiday officially begins as she catches the train to Sandringham

Christmas has officially begun for The Queen who left London by train on Friday morning to her Sandringham home where she will spend the holidays.

The 93-year-old monarch was dressed in a pink coat with a matching headscarf as she boarded the 1-hour and 37-minute journey to King’s Lynn.

As Her Majesty arrived in Sandringham, her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh travelled in the opposite direction to London, where he was admitted to hospital.

Prince Philip has been admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital as a precautionary measure in relation to a pre-existing condition.

The monarch will not spend Christmas in Norfolk alone. Just as they do every year, members of The Royal Family will stay with Her Majesty during the festive season.

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 royal family since, and it is from here where the Queen’s Christmas speech is broadcast. The topic and issues raised in this year’s speech are not yet known.

Before departing for Sandringham on Friday, Her Majesty had a very busy week in London.

On Thursday, the Monarch attended the State Opening of Parliament where she delivered a speech outlining the government’s agenda for the years ahead.

On Wednesday, she hosted her family at Buckingham Palace for her annual pre-Christmas dinner.