Queen returns to Windsor after reaching Platinum Jubilee milestone

The date for the service of thanksgiving for the Duke of Edinburgh has also been announced – March 29 – which the Queen hopes to attend at Westminster Abbey.

A number of significant events in the Queen’s diary have been made public, a decision which follows a reception at Sandringham over the weekend where she looked relaxed and healthy after a health crisis in recent month.

The 95-year-old Queen was advised to take up light duties after a night in hospital last fall, and it’s likely she’ll still heed that advice.

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Members of the Honorable Artillery Company fire a salute from the quayside of the Tower of London to mark the official start of the Platinum Jubilee. Picture date: Monday February 7, 2022.

But last weekend the Queen held her biggest in-person public engagement since, welcoming members of the Sandringham community to her Norfolk home to celebrate the Jubilee.

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She used a cane but looked fine, moved freely and clearly enjoyed meeting former Sandringham estate workers, charity volunteers and colleagues from the Sandringham branch of the Women’s Institute.

Earlier, the Queen returned by helicopter to Windsor Castle and on March 2 hopes to attend a diplomatic reception there.

Members of the Honorable Artillery Company fire a salute from the quayside of the Tower of London to mark the official start of the Platinum Jubilee. Picture date: Monday February 7, 2022.

Less than two weeks later, she plans to attend the annual Commonwealth service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, March 14.

A source said: ‘In addition, Her Majesty will resume normal duties of hearings, credentials and Privy Council meetings, continuing to mix virtual and in-person events.

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