Queen returns to Philip’s cottage for first time without him to mark father’s death anniversary

The Queen has returned to her late husband Prince Philip's Wood Cottage for the first time without him, to her mark her father's passing.

While she usually spends the festive period at Sandringham, the 95 year old, who "declined to have restrictions eased" at Philip's funeral, has been at Windsor Castle since autumn last year due to the threat of Covid.

But the Monarch has now made the special pilgrimage to Norfolk by helicopter and then a short drive in preparation to mark the 70th anniversary of her father George VI's death.

"Everything is being put in order for the Queen's visit," a source told the Mail On Sunday.

They added: "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 will mark Her Majesty's first stay in the cottage since Philip's death in April last year.

She last visited the estate back in November.

The Wood Cottage at Sandringham was where Philip called home after retiring from public duties in 2017 at the age of 95.

The Queen is expected to be joined by her family during Accession Day on 6 February, and will also mark her Platinum Jubilee in private at the cottage.

This summer, Brits are set to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee anniversary with a huge four-day Bank Holiday celebration.

The Queen, the longest ever reigning Monarch, will mark seventy years on the throne during the first weekend of June, and the accompanying festivities will delight the nation.

Thousands of street parties are set to take place up and down the country, while a nationwide Bake Off is set to choose a dish dedicated to the Queen's impressive reign.

The extended bank holiday weekend, which usually falls at the end of May, will begin on Thursday 2 June, to accommodate all the plans.

A statement about the four-day celebrations by Buckingham Palace read: "The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen's 70 years of service.

"In addition, initiatives including The Queen's Green Canopy and the Platinum Pudding competition will create a lasting reminder of The Queen's Jubilee, while The Queen's private estates will also join in with special Jubilee themed events offering more opportunities for members of the public to celebrate the historic milestone."

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