THE QUEEN has arrived at Sandringham, travelling by train to King’s Lynn railway station in Norfolk to mark the start of her traditional Christmas break, but when will she be joined by Kate, William, Harry and Meghan?
The Queen travelled on the 10.42am Great Northern service from King’s Cross station in London and arrived at platform two in King’s Lynn on time, at 12.31pm. Most of the 100 passengers on the Great Northern train from King’s Cross to King’s Lynn had no idea that she was on board for the 100 mile journey. The monarch was travelling without the Duke of Edinburgh by her side.
Sandringham, which is the Queen’s private estate in Norfolk is a 30-minute drive from King’s Lynn.
The Queen was driven the nine miles to Sandringham by a chauffeur-driven Range Rover.
She was immacutlately dressed in a button-up camel coat, black gloves, headscarf and was carrying her classic Launer bag.
A royal aide carried a tartan blanket, a leather briefcase and a red bag along with a festive bouquet.
It is understood Prince Philip is travelling down to the Norfolk estate by car or might even fly by helicopter to join the Queen at the 20,000 acre estate.
When will Kate, William, Harry and Meghan join the Queen for Christmas?
Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan will be joining the Queen at Sandringham this year.
It was previously thought that William and Kate would be spending Christmas at the Middletons, however Kensington Palace confirmed the couple would instead be spending it with other members of the royal family and not at the Berkshire family home of Carole and Michael Middleton.
The Queen will be joined by other members of the royal family for part of the festive period and they will attend the traditional Christmas Day church service.
The monarch and Prince Philip are first to arrive at Sandringham, with the rest of the family joining them on Christmas Eve.
But according to rules, the various members of the family are given a specific time to turn up according to their status within the family.
The most junior members of the family will turn up first, so Meghan and Harry.
Then more senior members of the royal family will arrive, including Prince Charles, Prince William and Kate.
On Christmas Eve, the royal family have a black tie dinner and they lay out presents on trestle tables.
In keeping with their German heritage, they open presents on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day.
Then on Christmas Day the Royal family attend the morning service at St Mary Magdalene church, Sandringham.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be among those walking the short distance from Sandringham House to the church on December 25.