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Queen 'not alone' in her Norfolk retreat where she is surrounded by Philip's possessions

The Queen is not believed to be currently in the company of family members after having travelled to Sandringham on Sunday. However, the monarch is bound not to be by herself as she prepares to enter her 70th year on the throne, according to a royal commentator.

Royal expert Richard Kay wrote in the Daily Mail: “At 95, she is not alone.

“There’s her page, Paul Whybrew, her dresser, Angela Kelly, a footman to help with her dogs — two corgis and a dorgi (a dachshund-corgi cross) — two chefs and a housekeeper to look after her.

“A chauffeur and police bodyguards are also close by.”

Mr Whybrew has been at the Queen’s service for decades, during which he gained the trust of the monarch.

The footman famously came to Her Majesty’s rescue in July 1982, when Michael Fagan broke into Buckingham Palace and found himself face to face with the Queen.

In more recent years, the Queen is said to have grown so fond of Mr Whybrew she sometimes asks him to join her to watch TV.

Angela Kelly, the Queen’s dressmaker, is also known to be very close to the sovereign.

The confidante is so trusted by the Queen she was given the go-ahead to pen a book in 2019, The Other Side of the Coin, taking royal fans behind the scenes of her daily work with the monarch.

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While at Wood Farm, the monarch will surely feel the presence of her most-trusted adviser, Prince Philip, who died in April.

The Duke of Edinburgh made the five-bedroom cottage his main residence in 2017, after he retired from public duties.

And, according to Mr Kay, most of the Duke’s possessions are still at the cottage.

As noted by the expert, the monarch is expected to remain in Sandringham until at least February 6.


The Queen normally marks the anniversary of the death of King George VI and her consequent accession to the throne privately and in Norfolk, where the father passed away.

Mr Kay wrote: “She will remain on the estate until after February 6, accession day, which marks the 70th anniversary of the death of her father, George VI, who passed away in his sleep while at Sandringham.

“The date also heralds the start of Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which will culminate in a bank holiday extravaganza in June.

“The break at Wood Farm, where many of Philip’s possessions are just as they were, will help prepare her for these coming events.”

The Queen is the first-ever English sovereign to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee.

Events marking this historic event will take place all-year-round, and members of the Firm will travel across the country and the Commonwealth to celebrate the milestone.

And between June 2 and 5 Britain will come together during a long bank holiday weekend to properly mark the Jubilee.

Among the events already announced, there is a concert at Buckingham Palace and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Moreover, street parties will be held across the four nations.

And the Queen is expected to travel to Epsom Derby, which falls during the bank holiday, alongside other royal relatives.

One of the events most anticipated, though, will surely be Trooping the Colour, which after two years is returning to central London.



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