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Queen marks Accesssion Day in Norfolk

The new Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh return to England after the death of her father Credit: PA/PA Wire
King George VI with Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and his granddaughter Princess Anne in 1950 Credit: PA/PA Wire

The Queen will mark the 61st anniversary of her accession to the throne privately at Sandringham on Wednesday. She became monarch on the death of her father King George VI. He died on February 6 1952 at the royal estate in Norfolk after suffering from lung cancer.

The Queen was thousands of miles away at the time in Kenya, watching big game in the Treetops Hotel with the Duke of Edinburgh, unaware of the momentous duty that had fallen upon her shoulders. Philip broke the sad news to his wife and the royal couple returned to Britain.

Most years the Queen does not attend public engagements on the day of her accession and on Wednesday she will reflect on the anniversary of her father's death in private.

This year will see the monarch mark the 60th anniversary of her coronation which was held on June 2, 1953.


WI welcomes VIP

The Queen visits Sandringham WI every January Credit: ITV Anglia

The WI in Sandringham is expecting to welcome its most famous member today.

Every January the Norfolk branch of the Women's Institute invites its president, Her Majesty The Queen. She is due to attend a special branch meeting later this afternoon.

The Queen misses Sandringham service

The Queen missed a Sunday church service today at her Sandringham estate in Norfolk after suffering from a cold, Buckingham Palace said.

While at Sandringham she usually visits St Mary Magdalene Church every Sunday, but today dozens of well wishers who turned up to see the monarch were disappointed when she did not attend.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: "The Queen was getting over the tail end of a cold. We are expecting business as usual next week."

The Queen in London last week Credit: Press Association


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