Queen gone to private bolthole to ‘reflect on traumatic year’, says expert

Queen Elizabeth II has gone to Sandringham’s Wood Farm to reflect on her "traumatic" 2021, an expert has said.

Her Majesty has headed down to Sandringham to stay at her five-bedroom cottage a place where the late Duke of Edinburgh is said to have spent a lot of his retirement, and where he and the Queen would be able to get some well-needed R&R.

The Queen’s trip to her Doncaster-based estate comes just weeks aftershe stripped Prince Andrew of his military titles in the wake of the news that the Duke Of York will face a civil trial for sex abuse claims.

Discussing the 95 year old monarch’s trip, royal biographer Robert Jobson toldThe Mirror: “The Grade II-listed Wood Farm, located on a secluded part of the Queen’s Sandringham Estate looking out to sea, has long been a bolthole for the Queen and her late husband Prince Philip.”

“It is where the Queen, Philip, and their four children went to relax for more than 50 years. And, of course, it is where Philip made his retirement home in his twilight years with the Queen’s blessing,” Robert continued.

“The Queen was known to cook and even do dishes while she was staying there.

“It is now the place Her Majesty, now a widow, has chosen to go for a bit of privacy and reflection after a traumatic 12 months.”


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Robert went on to say that the cottage is “a lot less formal than life at Windsor” and that the late Prince “he didn’t stand on ceremony and servants didn’t wear the usual royal uniforms” there.

According to the biographer, Prince John, the youngest son of George V and Queen Mary who suffered from severe epilepsy, stayed at Wood Farm from 1917 until his passing two years later.

The Royals are also said to have hosted several “private parties” there, and will mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in private at the cottage.

The Queen won’t be on her own for all of her stay in Sandringham, however it’s believed that family will join her on 6 February on Ascension Day.

“This Ascension Day will officially mark 70 years as monarch following the untimely death of King at just 56,” Robert explained.

"There will be no broadcast to the nation, for Her Majesty, who will be 96 in April, it will be a day in quiet, sombre reflection. Now without Prince Philip by her side, it will be even more poignant."

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