As she approaches her 96th birthday this week, Queen Elizabeth is expected to return to Sandringham in an effort to be “as near as possible” to her late husband Prince Philip, according to The Mirror.
The monarch is scheduled to be joined by other royal family members in Sandringham this week to celebrate her birthday on Thursday, April 21, according to the publication.
“The Queen decided very recently that on her birthday she wanted to be as near as possible to her late husband and in an atmosphere that was very important to both of their hearts,” a source close to the Queen disclosed.
She is expected to reside at Wood Farm, the home of the Duke of Edinburgh following his retirement.
“For the Queen and Prince Philip, as well as the rest of the royal family, Sandringham carries so many particular memories,” the insider continued.
“It’s certainly a great step that Her Majesty is feeling well enough and rested to enjoy her next mini-break, which she well deserves to celebrate her birthday,” the same source said.
Queen Elizabeth has been absent from a number of significant royal engagements in recent months, the most recent being the Royal Maundy Thursday and Easter Sunday services.
On March 29, she was last seen in public during Prince Philip’s funeral ceremony.