Queen visits Prince Philips favourite cottage for milestone anniversary

The Queen has made a sombre trip to Prince Philip's favourite location, a cottage at Sandringham, to reflect as she nears 70 years on the throne.

The 95-year-old monarch travelled from Windsor Castle to Sandrigham, where she will prepare to mark her seven decades on the throne on February 6.

But Queen Elizabeth II is set to stay at Wood Farm, where Prince Philip spent his retirement, rather than the 20,000-acre Norfolk estate, the Express reports.

The late Prince lived in the five-bedroom Wood Farm property, his "special place," from the start of his retirement in 2017 and through the pandemic until his death in April 2021.

The smaller property is set to house Her Majesty as she prepares to mark 70 years on the throne, the first time a British monarch has reigned for so long.

February marks not just her 70th year on the throne but also the death of her father, George VI, who died of a coronary blood clot in 1952.

The Queen's visit to Sandringham is said to be a reflective time for the long-reigning monarch, who will be staying in the discreet Wood Farm, which is less susceptible to Covid outbreaks with the small-scale domestic staff supporting her.

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While there, the Queen is said to reflect on her memories of Sandringham, where she spent much of her life with Prince Philip, and before that, her parents and sisters.

She is unlikely to oversee public duties during her time at Wood House, but a broadcast message is planned to mark the start of her Platinum Jubilee on February 6.

It's been three months since her last public engagement outside of a royal residency, the Queen was advised to stick to light duties by doctors back in October after pulling out of a visit to Northern Ireland.

Aides expect the Queen to stay at Sandringham for "a few weeks" but plans are apparently subject to change.

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One source said: "We'll just have to see how it goes".

The Queen has visited Wood Farm as recently as November last year, with original plans to spend Christmas at Sandringham scuppered by rising Omicron cases.

Working royals are set to be out in force touring the world in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee, in stark contrast to the quiet reflection that will begin The Queen's 70th year on the throne.

It is unclear how much the public will see Her Majesty on her Platinum Jubilee, but it is likely not as active a tour as the Diamond Jubilee back in 2012.

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