Queen Elizabeth Cuts Sandringham Holiday Short for First Public Engagements of 2020

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Queen Elizabeth is returning to work for the first time since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they’re stepping down as senior royals.

The 93-year-old monarch is set to attend her first official engagements of 2020 on Monday, February 3, according to People magazine. The queen will depart her Sandringham estate in Norfolk and travel to King’s Lynn, where she’ll visit the Royal Air Force Marham. (She’s an Honorary Air Commodore of the station.)

Then on Wednesday, February 5, Queen Elizabeth will celebrate the opening of the new Wolferton Pumping Station, which will protect King’s Lynn from flooding. After the event, the royal will return to London, where she’ll stay indefinitely.

This will be Queen Elizabeth’s first official appearance of the new year. Although she was scheduled to attend an annual tea last week at the Women’s Institute, the monarch canceled at the last minute because she was under the weather.

Every holiday season, Queen Elizabeth visits her Sandringham estate, though this is the first time she’s leaving early. The royal normally stays until February 6, which holds a bittersweet place in her heart. Not only is it the same day she became queen, but it also marks the day her father, King George VI, passed away.

The news comes just three weeks after Prince Harry and Markle revealed they’re breaking from their royal duties. Although Queen Elizabeth low-key gave them permission to move to Canada, she later announced they’ll be losing their HRH titles.

February 3 can’t come soon enough.

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