Queen celebrates 96th birthday with drive around Sandringham estate


The Queen, who is celebrating her 96th birthday today, has been spotted being driven around her Sandringham estate, the place where she has chosen to mark turning another year older

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Queen’s 96th birthday celebrated with release of new photograph

The Queen has been spotted marking her 96th birthday with a drive around her Sandringham estate.

Today is the Queen’s birthday and she was seen in the passenger seat of a car wearing a scarf around her head, dark glasses and bold red lipstick.

Her Majesty arrived at her Sandrigham estate yesterday in a poignant journey back to Wood Farm, the cottage where her beloved late husband Prince Philip spent much of his time after retiring from royal life in 2017.

The royal couple were then brought back together permanently due to the coronavirus pandemic, living in a special bubble with staff at Windsor Castle until the Duke of Edinburgh’s death at the age of 99 last April.







The Queen wore a head scarf, dark glasses and bold red lipstick
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She will celebrate her birthday properly at the weekend with a tea party with family and friends, it can be revealed.

Her Majesty may be joined by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children but Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall are understood to have remained at their Scottish home, Birkhall after Easter.

Royal sources said the Queen’s “mini-break” was a “positive step” that she is prepared to make the journey given her ongoing mobility issues, which have recently forced her to miss several high profile public events.







The Queen is spending her birthday at Wood Farm on the Sandringham estate
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Housekeepers on the estate have been told the Queen may welcome “a small number of guests” over the weekend who will join her for tea and cake as part of a modest celebration.

One royal source said: “The Queen is taking a well earned break and will mark her birthday very modestly this year.

“She feels very at home at Wood Farm and close to her beloved husband and it’s wonderful she was able to travel to enjoy the getaway.”







A new portrait of the Queen released to mark her 96th birthday
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Earlier today, William and Kate led the birthday tributes to the Queen by calling her an ‘inspiration to so many’ as they shared the touching family photos to mark her day.

The royal couple also posted an emotional snap with Prince Philip sitting on the sofa with seven of their great-grand children.

Meanwhile, last night, a new portrait of the beaming monarch was released to mark her 96th birthday.







The Queen pictured on her 96th birthday today
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The brand new image shows Her Majesty standing proudly in between two horses wearing green coat with the color a subtle nod to her beloved Philip.

The new photograph of the Queen was taken in March on the grounds of Windsor Castle by Henry Dallal, who was commissioned to take an official portrait of her to mark her 90th birthday.

On the Queen’s left is the pony Bybeck Nightingale and on her right is Bybeck Katie, and both animals will feature in A Gallop through History – a spectacular equestrian display showcasing horses from across the globe.

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