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Queen and Prince Philip to come back to Sandringham next week




The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to return to the Sandringham Estate next week, a royal spokesman announced last night.

The statement said that the couple will depart from Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Monday "to spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate".

It went on to say that "subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme .... Her Majesty's intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Paace for selected audiences and engagements".

PIC BY GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY 07976 880732...Picture dated December 25th showsthe Queen at the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.. .Prince Andrew kept a low profile as members of the Royal Family attended Christmas Day church services in Sandringham in Norfolk..While a large crowd watched the Queen and family members arrive for the main 11am service, the prince attended an earlier service..Prince Andrew was also absent as family members left the church after the service to greet members of the public..Prince Philip, who was released from hospital on Tuesday, did not attend..Wednesday's service also saw an appearance by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who joined the annual Christmas gathering at St Mary Magdalene Church for the first time... (42175860)
PIC BY GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY 07976 880732...Picture dated December 25th showsthe Queen at the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.. .Prince Andrew kept a low profile as members of the Royal Family attended Christmas Day church services in Sandringham in Norfolk..While a large crowd watched the Queen and family members arrive for the main 11am service, the prince attended an earlier service..Prince Andrew was also absent as family members left the church after the service to greet members of the public..Prince Philip, who was released from hospital on Tuesday, did not attend..Wednesday's service also saw an appearance by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who joined the annual Christmas gathering at St Mary Magdalene Church for the first time... (42175860)

It has been reported that the Queen and Prince Philip will be staying in Wood Farm, at Wolferton, where the Duke has spent much of the past few years before going to be with the Queen at Windsor at the start of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.

Sandringham House and grounds remains open to the public until Tuesday, October 6.

Royal watchers described the move to come to Norfolk in September as highly unusual for the Queen. The Queen and the Duke always spend Christmas and New Year on the estate, departing in early February.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent much of the lockdown at Anmer Hall on the estate, with their three young children.

The Queen and Prince Philip at Wolferton church on Sunday.. (42175848)
The Queen and Prince Philip at Wolferton church on Sunday.. (42175848)


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