Queen Elizabeth returns to her Sandringham estate ahead of emotional anniversary

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Queen Elizabeth has returned to her Sandringham estate for the first time since cancelling her traditional family Christmas there due to Covid cases.

The 95-year-old monarch travelled from Windsor Castle on Sunday to the estate by helicopter and car.

The Queen can be seen wearing a patterned headscarf as she is driven to the estate.

She is reportedly staying at Wood Farm where her late husband Prince Philip spent most of his retirement.

Due to the pandemic the Queen has not been able to spend the festive season at her Norfolk estate for two years and instead has stayed at Windsor Castle.

The monarch is expected to stay in Norfolk for a few weeks as she marks her milestone Platinum Jubilee on February 6.

The Queen's visit will be an emotional one as it is the first time she has stayed at Wood Farm since the Duke of Edinburgh's death and her father King George VI died at the Sandringham estate aged 56.

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."

This year the Queen will be the UK's longest-reigning monarch as she celebrate 70 years on the throne.

Many special celebrations will take place in her honour.

In May, 1000 performers and 500 horses will mark the occasion with a 90-minute performance that will include actors, musicians and global equestrian displays.

From June 2 to June 5, Brits will receive a four-day bank holiday weekend as the Queen celebrated her birthday.

Her annual birthday parade, Trooping the Colour, will take place at the start of the bank holiday feature 1200 officers and Army musicians and horses taking part.

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