Queen Elizabeth’s Latest Weekend Destination Holds a Very Special Place in Her Heart

Queen Elizabeth enjoyed some time away from Windsor Castle over the weekend. The 95-year-old monarch left her residence and escaped to her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

liz 41
Getty Images

If Sandringham sounds familiar, that’s because it is the home where the royal family traditionally spends most of their time around Christmas. In fact, Queen Elizabeth has been going to Sandringham—which has been in the family since 1862—since she was a child. It’s a family tradition so exclusive that it’s a rare occasion for non-royals to be invited.

And the home is not only special to Her Majesty. As People points out, Prince Philip spent much of his time at the country home after retiring from official duties in 2017 and leading up to his death earlier this year. Philip enjoyed visiting the country, where he could participate in activities such as painting and exploring the 60 acres of lush gardens on the property.

Perhaps Liz wanted to spend some time away from the hustle and bustle of ruling the country. We also imagine she wanted to partake in her favorite activity: horseback riding.

Back in April, the British royal family announced Philip had died “peacefully at Windsor Castle” at the age of 99. They shared the news in a statement, which was posted on the royal website and on Twitter that read, “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.”

We love a short weekend getaway—especially one with so much meaning.

Stay up-to-date on every breaking royals story by subscribing here.