More heartache for the Queen as the Palace marks the anniversary of her father's death

The Queen's father died in 1952

The Queen
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The Queen will mark the anniversary of her father's death today.

The tweet posted by the Royal Family's official account read: "#Onthisday in 1952, The Queen acceded to the throne on the death of her father King George VI. Her Majesty has now been Sovereign for 69 years."

The message also included a brief clip taken from Lord Wakehurst’s film about the death of King George VI and The Queen’s assession. 

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The Queen usually chooses to spend this day privately at her Sandringham estate, by prolonging her winter break in Norfolk until 6 February. 

She has done this since 1988, when the Royal Family started celebrating Christmas in Norfolk, with the exception of 1990 - when she was carrying out an official visit to New Zealand. 

However, in December, the Queen and Prince Philip decided against travelling to Sandringham because of the pandemic.

Instead, they spent Christmas quietly at Windsor Castle, where they are still self-isolating. 

This comes after the Queen suffered further heartache as her close family friend, Samuel Vestey, 3rd Baron Vestey passed away this week.

Our thoughts are with Her Majesty on this difficult day.