Queen flies to Prince Philip's rural 'bolt hole' for first time since his death

She has finally made it back to Sandringham after a year of delays due to the pandemic.

1/24/2022 11:20:00 AM

New pictures show that the Queen has finally made it back to Sandringham - the first time since her husband Prince Philip died.

She has finally made it back to Sandringham after a year of delays due to the pandemic.

SharesThe Queen arrived in Sandringham yesterday after making the short helicopter trip from Windsor (Picture: Rex)The Queen has finally made it back to Sandringham for the first time since her husbandPrince Philipdied.Her majesty arrived at the Norfolk estate on Sunday after making the short helicopter trip from Windsor, where she has spent much of the last few years.

The long-planned trip has been a year in the making after various delays due to the pandemic.She had been due to spend Christmas at Sandringham as is traditional but was forced to cancel at the last minute due to surging Covid cases at the time.A brief period of ill health also forced her to cancel trips and engagements last autumn as doctors instructed her to rest and she spent the night in hospital.

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20 Shares The Queen arrived in Sandringham yesterday after making the short helicopter trip from Windsor (Picture: Rex) The Queen has finally made it back to Sandringham for the first time since her husband Prince Philip died. Her majesty arrived at the Norfolk estate on Sunday after making the short helicopter trip from Windsor, where she has spent much of the last few years. The long-planned trip has been a year in the making after various delays due to the pandemic. She had been due to spend Christmas at Sandringham as is traditional but was forced to cancel at the last minute due to surging Covid cases at the time. A brief period of ill health also forced her to cancel trips and engagements last autumn as doctors instructed her to rest and she spent the night in hospital. The Queen, 95, is expected to spend a few weeks at the estate, including spending time at Wood Farm; a five bed cottage that became known as Philip’s ‘bolt hole’ during the last few years of his life. It was here that the late Duke of Edinburgh liked to read, paint and entertain guests after he retired from royal duties in 2017. While there, the royals practice a simpler form of existence and dispense with many members of their serving staff. The Queen has not been back to the estate since Philip’s death (Picture: Shutterstock) She had hoped to go at Christmas but cancelled her plans due to Covid (Picture: Shutterstock) The Queen hasn’t been to the cottage since September 2020, six months before Philip’s death aged 99 in April 2021. The head of state is likely to spend accession day – February 6 – at Sandringham, which this year takes on extra meaning as it marks the formal start of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. George IV – the Queen’s father – died at Sandringham on this day in 1952, marking the start of the Queen’s now near-70 year reign. The Queen has spent much of this year at Windsor Castle, where she and Philip also shielded throughout the lockdowns. The monarch is expected to stay for a few weeks (Picture: Shutterstock) She is likely to spend accession day – February 6 – at Sandringham (Picture: Shutterstock) She assiduously followed the Covid rules which forced her to sit alone at her husband’s funeral last year. A photo of the isolated monarch dressed all in black has resurfaced recently as news emerged of Downing Street leaving dos held on the night before the funeral. No 10 was forced to apologise to Buckingham Palace after the stories were greeted with anger among the British public. Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at