The Queen will not address the nation when she reaches her Platinum Jubilee next month, a royal correspondent has claimed.
- The Queen will not address the British public when she passes her Platinum Jubilee on 6 February, a royal expert has predicted.
- Her Majesty is expected to spend the milestone occasion, which also marks the anniversary of her father's death, in 'solemn reflection' at Sandringham House.
- In other royal news, Prince Andrew was mistaken for an intruder at Buckingham Palace during evening stroll.
The Queen is unlikely to deliver a speech to the British public when she passes her Platinum Jubilee, according to a royal insider.
Her Majesty, who will officially celebrate her 70-year-reign on 6 February, is instead expected to spend the historic day in "somber reflection" at Sandringham House. The poignant date marks both her 1952 ascension to the throne and the anniversary of the death of her father, King George VI, making it an emotionally charged occasion for the grieving monarch.
"There will be no broadcast to the nation, for Her Majesty, who will be 96 in April, it will be a day in quiet, somber reflection," royal author Robert Jobson told the Mirror.
The Queen flew by helicopter from Windsor Castle to Sandringham last week, after being forced to cancel her highly-anticipated Christmas celebrations at the Norfolk estate due to rising Covid-19 rates in late December.
She is understood to be staying at the property's secluded Wood Farm, a five-bedroom cottage that was home to Prince Philip for most of his retirement. It's believed that she will reside at Sandringham for a few weeks, keeping with her tradition of remaining at the 20,000-acre estate until her father's anniversary.
The day is bound to bring up painful memories for the Queen, who was just 25 when King George VI died suddenly after undergoing lung surgery.
"I've lost count of how many times I've been asked, first as a reporter, then as a former press secretary and now as a royal commentator, how the Queen celebrates the anniversary of her accession," Her Majesty's former press spokesperson, Dickie Arbiter, said.
"My answer has always been the same: 'You don't celebrate the death of your father.'"
Given the poignant nature of the date, the Queen typically spends Ascension Day absorbed in deep commemoration and mourning. Last year, she was reportedly visited by a vicar at Windsor Castle, who said prayers in memory of King George VI and the Queen Mother at the Berkshire estate's chapel.
The Queen won't be hiding out forever, though. She is expected to make multiple public appearances at her Platinum Jubilee celebrations this summer, which will take place across the nation over a four-day long bank holiday weekend in June.
Emma is a news writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life. She covers the Royal Family and the entertainment world, as well as the occasional health or lifestyle story. When she's not reporting on the British monarchy and A-list celebs, you can find her whipping up vegan treats and running the roads to cheesy '90s pop music...but not at the same time, obviously.
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