The Queen leaves Windsor Castle for Prince Philip’s “modest” home in Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate as she prepares to celebrate her 96th birthday in private.
- The Queen arrived at Wood Farm, in Sandringham, just before her birthday
- The “modest” monarchy is where Prince Philip spent much of his time
- You are expected to celebrate in a quiet way with some friends
The Queen has arrived at her beloved late husband’s home in Sandringham ahead of her 96th birthday tomorrow.
The King has traveled by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Norfolk County and will remain on Wood Farm – the “modest” farm that Prince Philip made his home after retiring from public life – until early next week.
Family and friends are expected to visit her over the next few days to celebrate her birthday in a “simple” way.
It comes after an eventful Easter holiday that saw the Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Windsor.
Quiet celebrations: The Queen arrives at her late beloved husband’s home in Sandringham ahead of her 96th birthday tomorrow. Pictured, the Queen’s arrival at Wood Farm
Royal Homecoming: The Queen was flown from the helicopter through the gates of Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate. You will be in Norfolk for a few days
Leaving Windsor: The Queen flew to Norfolk Estate by helicopter this morning
Fond memories: The Queen will remain at Wood Farm – the “modest” farm that Prince Philip made his home after retiring from public life – until early next week. Pictured, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in a photo released on the occasion of his 99th birthday in June 2020
Harry said his grandmother was “in good shape” when they met before he and wife Meghan traveled to the Netherlands for the Invictus Games.
But he added explicitly that he wanted to make sure she was “protected” and had “the right people around her,” but he didn’t make it clear in an interview on NBC’s Today show he was referring to palace aides or the royal family.
While in Norfolk, the Queen will likely spend some time visiting her royal stud and driving around her 20,000 acres of land, extensively modernized by Philip and, more recently, Prince Charles, who took over.
Buckingham Palace is not planning any kind of major public engagement to celebrate her birthday, but there will be honors from family members and organizations that have been involved.
Getting away: The Queen left Windsor Castle this morning, pictured, after an eventful Easter holiday that included a visit from the Duke and Duchess of Sussex
Time to think: The Queen, who has been seen leaving Windsor, will spend some time at Home Farm in Norfolk Estate. She previously joined Prince Philip there after his retirement
Her short vacation would be an encouraging sign given her recent health and mobility issues that have been forced to pull out of a series of engagements.
She has no confirmed major engagements in her diary and is not even sure what events she will celebrate her platinum jubilee in June and will be in a position to commit to.
The Queen has a strong romantic relationship with Sandringham, whom her father, the late George VI, loved.
She often joins the Duke of Edinburgh, who has lived on the farm since 2017 after his retirement, enjoying a quiet time away from the spotlight as a relatively ordinary couple.
Fastest route: The Queen’s helicopter was seen taking off from Windsor Castle today
Flying: Helicopter over Windsor Castle while the Queen was on the flight to Norfolk
The Prince lived in the five-bedroom property, which he updated and added a new kitchen to, from 2017 after retiring from public life.
Although the arrangement seemed strange to some, the Queen felt strongly that her husband had gained his freedom and privacy after decades of obedient royal service.
And make the time they spend there more valuable.
The Queen is the longest-reigning British monarch in history and the longest-reigning monarch in the world.
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