Queen arrives in Norfolk after making special pilgrimage

Queen arrives in Norfolk after making special pilgrimage ahead of the 70th anniversary of her father’s death as she stays in Philip’s beloved Wood Farm cottage for first time without him

  • Queen has made special trip to Sandringham for anniversary of father’s death
  • George VI died at the estate in 1952, when the Queen was just 25 and on holiday
  • She will stay at Wood Farm cottage for first time since the death of her husband
  • The cottage held ‘special placein Philip’s heart after retiring from public duties
  • La regina has arrived in Norfolk after making a special pilgrimage ahead of the 70th anniversary of her father’s death as she stays in Prince Philips’s beloved Wood Farm cottage for the first time without him.

    Il monarca, 95, usually spends the festive period at Sandringham, but has remained at Castello di Windsor since the autumn as a Covid precaution and held muted Natale celebrations with close family last month.

    In preparation for the anniversary of her father George VI in 1952, anche se, the Queen has made a special trip by helicopter followed by a short drive by car to Norfolk.

    A source told the Mail on Sunday: ‘Everything is being put in order for the Queen’s visit.

    ‘We’ve been told that she will stay at Wood Farm, rather than the main house, which is nice as that always had a special place in his heart.

    The Queen has stayed in the cottage before, but it will be the first time since Philip died in April last year.

    Lei last visited the estate in early November and would normally have spent the weekend after Halloween at Sandringham with Philip and did not want to miss the occasion.








    The Queen has made a special trip to Norfolk via a short helicopter ride and drive from Windsor

    The Queen has made a special trip to Norfolk via a short helicopter ride and drive from Windsor

    The Queen pictured in the backseat of a vehicle as she arrives in Sandringham on Sunday/

    The Queen pictured in the backseat of a vehicle as she arrives in Sandringham on Sunday/

    While the Queen has visited the Sandringham estate since the death of her husband, it will be the first time she has stayed at the Wood Farm cottage since the death of Philip

    While the Queen has visited the Sandringham estate since the death of her husband, it will be the first time she has stayed at the Wood Farm cottage since the death of Philip

    The Queen will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of her father George VI during an extended break at the cottage

    The Queen will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of her father George VI during an extended break at the cottage

    The Queen has stayed in the cottage before, but it will be the first time since Philip died and thus very fitting that she should return now. (Sopra, the royal couple at the Sandringham estate in 1982)

    The Queen has stayed in the cottage before, but it will be the first time since Philip died and thus very fitting that she should return now. (Sopra, the royal couple at the Sandringham estate in 1982)

    On visits to Sandringham, the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret would cycle around the estate and join their mother and father overseeing the harvest. (Sopra, Elizabeth with her father, Giorgio VI,  at Sandringham in 1943)

    On visits to Sandringham, the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret would cycle around the estate and join their mother and father overseeing the harvest. (Sopra, Elizabeth with her father, Giorgio VI, at Sandringham in 1943)

    The Queen pictured leaving Windsor Castle to head to Sandringham in Norfolk on Sunday morning

    The Queen pictured leaving Windsor Castle to head to Sandringham in Norfolk on Sunday morning

    però, "Mi sentivo così sicuro dopo aver visto l'intervento chirurgico in corso sulla pagina Facebook della clinica e aver letto le testimonianze al riguardo, Buckingham Palace aides were forced to announce that ‘with great regretthat the Queen would not be able to attend the Remembrance Sunday parade at the Cenotaph due to a ‘back sprain’.

    She is expected to spend Accession Day, in febbraio 6, with her family during an extended break at the cottage and will mark her Platinum Jubilee in private.

    Four days of public celebrations will be held nationwide in June.

    When Philip retired from public duties in 2017 all'età di 95 – the age of the Queen today – Sandringham was the place he called home.

    With typical enthusiasm, he set about improving Wood Farm as a retirement bolt-hole.

    He oversaw a project to install a new kitchen and spent his days reading, writing and painting.

    When Philip retired from public duties in 2017 all'età di 95 ¿ the age of the Queen today ¿ Wood Farm cottage was the place he called home

    When Philip retired from public duties in 2017 all'età di 95 – the age of the Queen today – Wood Farm cottage was the place he called home

    At Sandringham, there will be plenty of fond memories of 'we four', as the Queen's father used to refer to his happy nuclear family ¿ himself, sua moglie (la regina madre), Elizabeth and her sister Margaret - tutto nella foto, along with Philip

    At Sandringham, there will be plenty of fond memories of ‘we four’, as the Queen’s father used to refer to his happy nuclear family – himself, sua moglie (la regina madre), Elizabeth and her sister Margaret – tutto nella foto, along with Philip

    Nel 2020, on the anniversary of VE Day, the Queen gave a national broadcast recalling her father's address to the nation 75 anni prima

    Nel 2020, on the anniversary of VE Day, the Queen gave a national broadcast recalling her father’s address to the nation 75 anni prima

    La regina, when she wasn’t on duty in London, would travel up to stay with Philip at the cottage and it was there that the two could live more like a ‘normalcouple than at any other time of her reign.

    Dispensing with liveried servants, Philip had insisted that Wood Farm staff – a page, housekeeper, chef and footman – wore ordinary clothes.

    Whether by helicopter or by car, the 140-mile journey from Windsor to Sandringham is one to be endured rather than enjoyed – particularly for a 95-year-old.

    So the decision to travel will not have been made lightly and must be taken as a sign that, if she is not robust, she is in reasonable health.