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Unearthed photos show Philip, Queen, Diana, Fergie and grandchildren at Sandringham

One of the newly unearthed snaps shows Her Majesty with late husband Philip, alongside their children and grandchildren on a family church outing more than 30 years ago. Taken by amateur photographer Edward Jackson in the late 1980s, the image shows the Queen and Prince Philip with all four of their children, while their partners and a handful of grandchildren can be seen too.

The photograph is taken at St Mary Magdalene Church, on the Sandringham Estate, in Norfolk.

The location is a spot where royal watchers like to glimpse at the Royal Family as they head to a Christmas Day service, before returning to the Queen’s abode for festivities.

One image, dated Christmas Day, 1988, shows Diana smiling over her shoulder as she walks side-by-side with Sarah Ferguson on their way out of the church.

While another snap shows the Queen chatting with grandchildren Zara Phillips and Prince William, then aged seven and six, while Diana and Fergie talk in front of the church.

Another sweet snap shows the monarch beaming at the well-wishers waiting patiently along the footpath outside the church, while her husband Philip stands close by.

The images resurfaced over the Christmas period after being discovered by the family of Mr Jackson, following his death in November at the age of 72.

Edward Jackson lived nearby in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, and regularly visited Sandringham to photograph the Royal Family.

He also commemorated the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in the 1970s with a series of photographs.

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The timing of the images being released is particularly poignant as the Queen, 95, left Windsor Castle earlier this week to spend time at her Sandringham estate.

Her Majesty made the visit to her estate in Norfolk as the anniversary of her father’s death draws nearer.

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

She will mark the heartbreaking anniversary of his death on February 6, and is believed to be staying at Wood Farm while in residence there.

The property is a five-bedroom cottage which Philip made his main residence in 2017 after he retired from public duties.

Initially a home for the Sandringham resident doctor, it was converted into a weekend bolthole for their son Prince Charles to use while he was studying at Cambridge University.

When the property was no longer used by the heir apparent, the Queen and Philip used the home as means of escaping the hustle and bustle of royal life.

This recent trip marks the first time the monarch has returned to Sandringham after her traditional Christmas festivities there were cancelled for the second year in a row due to Covid.

February 6 is also a significant date for the monarch as it marks the start of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations.



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