The monarch was accompanied in the car by her confidant and dresser Angela Kelly who, unlike the Queen, smiled widely at the camera lenses.
Her Majesty’s return to Berkshire took place as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is experiencing one of the worst political crises of his career.
On Tuesday evening, Mr Johnson was hit in quick succession by the resignations of Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.
The Queen looking pensive as she is driven back to Windsor
The Queen with her dresser Angela Kelly
These resignations, coming off the back of the scandal surrounding former Tory deputy chief whip Chris Pincher, were followed this morning by more woes for the Prime Minister.
Among the Conservative MPs to resign earlier today from their positions in Government was Will Quince, the children’s minister who was tasked on Monday to defend with the media Mr Johnson over his knowledge about the allegations previously made against Mr Pincher.
The MP for Colchester said in his resignation letter: “Dear Prime Minister. Thank you for meeting with me yesterday evening and for your sincere apology regarding the briefings I received from No 10 ahead of Monday’s media round, which we now know to be inaccurate.
“It is with great sadness and regret that I feel that I have no choice but to tender my resignation as minister for children and families as I accepted and repeated those assurances in good faith.”
The Queen and Prince Charles during the Reddendo Parade
While answering a question by Labour MP Ian Lavery concerning funding for his Wansbeck constituency, Mr Johnson said: “Hang on in there – that’s what I’m going to do.”
The Queen appointed Mr Johnson as Prime Minister in July 2019, when he replaced Theresa May as leader of the Government.
He is the 14th Prime Minister to serve during the monarch’s historic reign – the first in British history to last for seven decades.
Boris Johnson leaving Downing Street today
The Queen and Nicola Sturgeon met last Wednesday
The Queen had gone to Sandringham after carrying out several engagements during Holyrood Week.
This yearly tradition sees the monarch and other members of the Firm travelling to Scotland between the end of June and the beginning of July to meet local business owners, charity leaders and royal fans.
On June 27, when the Royal Scottish week began, the sovereign took part in the ancient Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
On the following day, the monarch presented John Wallace – an internationally renowned Scottish trumpet soloist – with The Queen’s Medal for Music 2021.
This meeting took place just hours after the SNP leader had shared her preference to hold a second referendum on Scotland’s independence in October 2023 and revealed she had informed the Prime Minister about her intentions.
On her final day in Scotland, the Queen attended the Reddendo Parade in the gardens of the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
Supporting herself with a light walking stick, the monarch was accompanied by her son and heir, Prince Charles.
The Queen carried out engagements in Scotland last week
Her Majesty is scheduled to present the George Cross to representatives of the NHS during a poignant audience held at Windsor Castle on July 12.
However, a final decision on her attendance will be taken on the day itself, depending on her episodic mobility issues.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK