On February 6, 2022, the Queen will have been Britain’s monarch for an unprecedented 70 years. Queen Elizabeth II will be the first of the nation’s monarchs to ever celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. But the date of February 6 holds incredible sadness for the monarch, as she lost her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, and unexpectedly took his place as Queen.
Where will the Queen mark her Platinum Jubilee?
The Queen usually spends the festive season at her Norfolk estate of Sandringham, but in light of the Omicron Covid variant last Christmas, the Queen stayed at Windsor Castle.
But it is understood the Queen has recently returned to Sandringham to spend the anniversary of her succession in February 2022.
The Queen flew by helicopter to Norfolk from Windsor Castle, and she is expected to spend a few weeks there.
Where will the Queen mark her Platinum Jubilee on February 6? Who will join her?
The Queen is believed to be residing at Wood Farm, where Prince Philip spent his retirement
In previous years, the Queen stayed at Sandringham into February so she can mark the anniversary of her succession privately.
This year, it is expected the Queen will continue this tradition and mark the anniversary of her succession to the throne in Norfolk.
But instead of staying at her main residence on the estate, Sandringham House, the Queen is believed to be residing at Wood Farm, a much smaller property on the grounds.
Wood Farm was Prince Philip’s main base during his retirement, and the Queen is thought to enjoy the “unfussiness” of the place.
King George VI, the Queen’s father, died in 1952
A courtier told the Daily Mail: “They adored the simplicity of what Wood Farm represented.
“For the Duke, it was the light which he thought was perfect to paint by, and the proximity to the sea only a couple of miles away.
“The Queen likes the unfussiness — the sense of getting away from it all and being able to slip out for a walk with the dogs whenever she likes.”
Who could join the Queen to mark February 6?
Although it isn’t clear if the Queen will receive any visitors on February 6, it is known the day is not celebrated by the monarch.
The anniversary of the accession solemnly marks the day the Queen’s father died aged 56 when the Queen was only 25, so it is believed to be a day of reflection for the monarch.
Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter wrote for 9Honey last year: “I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked, first as a reporter, then as a former press secretary and now as a royal commentator, how the Queen celebrates the anniversary of her accession.
“My answer has always been the same: ‘You don’t celebrate the death of your father.'”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK