The Queen has been given permission by her doctors to leave Windsor Castle for a private weekend away at Sandringham.
On Thursday, she travelled to her Norfolk estate but the court remains in Windsor – and the Sovereign’s flag was still flying above the castle on Thursday afternoon.
It means the main house at Sandringham is unlikely to be opened up for the short visit.
Her late husband, Prince Philip, spent much of his retirement at Wood Farm, a cottage on the estate.
The Queen usually spends Christmas at Sandringham House and returns after marking the anniversary of the death of her father King George VI.
It’s understood the Queen took a helicopter flight from her Berkshire home to Sandringham on Thursday morning.
The Queen was forced to cancel her planned speech at the COP26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow this week – and was forced to record a video message for the world leaders instead.
Queen says she 'couldn't be prouder' of Charles and William for continuing Philip's climate work, in a recorded message to world leaders at COP26
They watched it at the Leaders’ reception on Monday at Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
Buckingham Palace announced last week that the Queen would cancel her official engagements for two weeks after seeking advice from her doctors.
She cancelled her appearance at the British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, November 13, but she is determined to attend the main national Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph on the Sunday.
That date has been “heavily inked” into her diary, according to royal sources, as it means so much to the Queen to honour Britain’s war dead.
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