The Queen is understood to have flown to Sandringham via helicopter to "oversee" the preparations for Christmas, though the trip has sparked health speculation amongst fans.
- Her Majesty is said to have traveled to Sandringham in Norfolk for the weekend after receiving permission to fly from her doctors.
- The countryside trip comes after the Queen pulled out of COP26 and fans have been left uncertain about her health in light of this unexpected move.
- In other royal news, the reason why Prince Charles will skip the 'ridiculous' lunch menu at COP26 was revealed.
The Queen’s health has been a matter of great speculation in recent weeks, ever since Buckingham Palace announced that she’d spent a night in hospital for “preliminary investigations”. Since then Her Majesty has reportedly been in “good spirits” at Windsor Castle as further updates revealed she continues to carry out “light desk-based duties” and has been advised to “rest”. Though this sadly meant she had to pull out of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, which was attended by several senior royals in her place.
The Queen's COP26 speech saw her declare she “could not be more proud” of her son Prince Charles and grandson Prince Charles and this was the last fans have glimpsed of the monarch in recent days. But now it seems she’s decided on a change of scene, as it’s been reported that the Queen has left her Berkshire home and traveled to Sandringham in Norfolk by helicopter.
Her Majesty is said to be “delighted” to return to her countryside home, which no doubt holds incredible memories for her of her late husband Prince Philip, who lived at Sandringham after his retirement. However amid the ongoing concerns about the Queen’s health and uncertainty about when she’ll resume in-person engagements, some fans have been left more than a little confused about her Norfolk trip.
Taking to Twitter, one person speculated about just why she’d make the trip to Sandringham if she’s still resting, writing, “Wonder why the Queen went to Sandringham via helicopter when she is not feeling too good?”
Wonder why the Queen went to Sandringham via helicopter when she is not feeling too good? 🤔November 5, 2021
Responding to a comment remarking upon how the Queen was spotted driving near Windsor Castle just days earlier, the same person added that it “makes one wonder if she is really sick?”
And someone else appeared to agree, dubbing the Queen’s Sandringham trip a “Strange thing to do.”
Strange thing to do.November 5, 2021
“I thought so too. If I was that age and sick, I wouldn't be wanting to fly anywhere,” the first person declared.
I thought so too. If I was that age and sick, I wouldn't be wanting to fly anywhere.November 5, 2021
However, despite the health speculation that the Queen’s Sandringham trip has sparked, reports have suggested that her weekend away is something that had long been planned and is all part of her Christmas preparations.
According to The Mirror (opens in new tab), a royal source explained, “The Queen had been hoping she would still be able to spend the weekend at Sandringham and was delighted her doctors gave her the all-clear to travel.
"Her Majesty is very much looking forward to hosting her family at her Norfolk home for the Christmas holiday and there is much preparation to be done in time to accommodate everyone who has been invited."
They went on to reflect on the importance of Sandringham for the Queen and claimed she was determined to “oversee” the festive plans in person.
“The Queen has many happy memories of being at Sandringham with the family over Christmas and was in the firm belief that she was far better off being there in person to oversee everything as much as possible,” the source added.
Last year the Queen opted to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle during the UK's lockdown, rather than making the trip to Sandringham. Now, as she prepares for her challenging first Christmas since Prince Philip's death, the Queen will no doubt be looking forward to being surrounded by friends and family in Norfolk once more.
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