The 95-year-old monarch has decided to privately remember her husband and father by making a moving pilgrimage to the Duke’s Wood Hole for the first time since his death. Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age of 99.
Sandringham is Her Majesty’s much-loved country retreat and has been the private residence of four generations of British monarchs since 1862.
While the Queen normally spends Christmas at Sandringham, she has remained at Windsor Castle since the fall due to ongoing COVID 19 restrictions.
Even this year, she hosted muted celebrations with her close family, including the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
Speaking from Windsor Castle, with a picture of the Duke of Edinburgh on her desk, the Queen delivered her Christmas speech.
She said: “Although it is a time of great happiness and good spirits for many, Christmas can be difficult for those who have lost loved ones.
“This year, especially, I understand why.
“But for me, in the months since the death of my beloved Philip, I have taken great comfort in the warmth and affection of the many tributes to his life and work – from across the country. , the Commonwealth and the world.”
The Mail on Sunday reported that the Queen will make a special pilgrimage to Sandringham in the coming days in preparation for the anniversary of her father’s death and his accession to the throne.
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Her father, King George VI, died at Sandringham aged 56.
The publication said that instead of taking to Zoom, the Queen will be recording a televised address to the nation to mark when she will have spent 70 years on the throne from Sandringham.
According to the report, there will also be many fond memories of “the four of us”, as the Queen’s father referred to his happy nuclear family – himself, his wife (the Queen Mother), Elizabeth and her sister Margaret at Sandringham.
On her wedding anniversary in 2015, the Queen published a moving letter written by her “dad” shortly after her marriage to Philip in 1949, in which the King wrote that he had seen her “grow up all these years with pride”.
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Likewise, the Queen has spent time looking back to see how her father handled events as monarch.
In 2020, on the anniversary of VE Day, the Queen aired a national broadcast recalling her father’s address to the nation 75 years earlier.
And last year, on Father’s Day, a black and white photograph was released showing her alongside her father and Philip at Balmoral as they watched a young Prince Charles sitting on a statue in 1951 .