Queen catches train from King’s Lynn to London after winter break in Norfolk

The Queen catching the train at King's Lynn station as she leaves Norfolk after her Christmas break.

The Queen catching the train at King's Lynn station as she leaves Norfolk after her Christmas break. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

The Queen joined passengers on a train to London today as she ended her winter break in Norfolk.

She arrived at King's Lynn station just before the 10.44 service to King's Cross departed on time.

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The monarch entered the station by a side entrance known as the Royal gate, complete with her coat of arms above it.

Some passengers already on the train appeared oblivious to her arrival. Others noticed the pack of photographers on Platform One and guessed who was on her way.

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'What, the Queen is on the train?' said one. 'Well bless her.'

Station manager Graeme Pratt was waiting to greet the special passenger as her 4x4 pulled up outside.

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Afterwards, he said he exchanged pleasantries with the Queen as he walked her to the train.

The 92-year-old Queen was not accompanied by her husband, Prince Philip.

The Duke, 97, is believed to be staying on at Wood Farm Cottage, at Wolferton, where he has spent much of his time since retiring from public life two years ago.

A first class coach at the rear of the Great Northern train was reserved for the Royal and her protection officers.

Although entitled to use a senior citizen's railcard which would have saved around a third of the cost, she is believed to have purchased a standard £60 first class single ticket for the 1hr 53min journey to King's Cross.

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