The Queen has traveled to her Norfolk estate where she will celebrate her 96th birthday in modest fashion at the farmhouse where the Duke of Edinburgh has spent much of his retirement.
The king flew from Windsor Castle to his estate in Sandringham where he is likely to spend a few days at Wood Farm, the home where Prince Philip moved after retiring in August 2017. He visited him frequently until the Covid pandemic required him to move to protect himself. at Windsor Castle.
Buckingham Palace is not planning any public engagements to mark his birthday on Thursday, although there will be honors from family members and the organizations he is involved with.
A new photo was issued to mark the occasion. The portrait, released by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, shows him holding the reins of two white ponies, against a magnolia tree in the background and was taken last month by Henry Dallal in the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The Queen’s ponies, Bybeck Nightingale and Bybeck Katie, will be featured in A Gallop through History, a Platinum Jubilee horse show featuring horses from around the world. The show will run from May 12 -15.
It is hoped that the Queen will be visited by family and friends over the next few days during her short vacation. He has no confirmed major involvement in his diary. Recent mobility issues have seen him cancel a series of engagements and it is not yet known which events he plans to attend for his platinum celebrations in June.
Wood Farm, which is a modest residence by royal standards, has a more informal atmosphere than nearby Sandringham House. Philip, who died in April 2021 at the age of 99, loved the house, especially the fact that “the sea is very close”, the Queen said.
He commented on the property when he hosted a rare public event at Sandringham on February 5. His retired housekeeper Teresa Thompson, 70, said at the time: “All the royal family loves Wood Farm for its secluded, small, intimate location. You don’t have many officials and households, just close staff.”
The Queen usually spends Christmas on the Norfolk estate, departing only after the anniversary of the death of her father, George VI, on February 6. The fact that Philip has also chosen to retire after stepping down from public life can only strengthen his emotional bond with Sandringham.