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Queen catches train from King’s Lynn back to London

PUBLISHED: 12:54 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:25 08 February 2018

HM the Queen caught the 10:54 train from King's Lynn to King's Cross on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt

HM the Queen caught the 10:54 train from King's Lynn to King's Cross on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt

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Passengers on board the morning train from King’s Lynn to London were joined by a royal guest.

HM the Queen caught the 10:54 train from King's Lynn to King's Cross on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian BurtHM the Queen caught the 10:54 train from King's Lynn to King's Cross on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt

Queen Elizabeth II caught the train back to the capital this morning, marking the end of her Christmas break in West Norfolk.

She joined commuters on the 10.54am train to London King’s Cross, of which a first class single fare on the Great Northern Thameslink train costs £58.10.

She arrived at the station around 10 minutes before the train departed, greeted by station manager Graeme Pratt who escorted the Queen from the royal gates to the station platform.

Mr Pratt said: “I told her I hope you have a good journey and that the trains are running on time with minimal disruption.
“It was, once again, a very special honour to have Her Majesty on board our service as she returned from Sandringham.

HM the Queen caught the 10:54 train from King's Lynn to King's Cross on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian BurtHM the Queen caught the 10:54 train from King's Lynn to King's Cross on Wednesday morning. Picture: Ian Burt

“She was full of smiles on what was a lovely sunny day.”

The 91-year-old monarch was due to board a train on platform two, but it was blocked by an earlier service which had broken down. The 10.54am train departed from platform one instead.

The Queen wore a burnt orange coat, with black fluffy cuffs, a floral orange headscarf and carried a small black handbag.

As is tradition, the Queen and the royal family spent their Christmas holidays in their rural retreat in Sandringham Estate near King’s Lynn.

This winter, American actress Meghan Markle, who is engaged to be married to Prince Harry this year, joined the royal family for their traditional Christmas Day service in Sandringham.

Yesterday, on the 66th anniversary of her accession to the throne, she spent Accession Day (February 6) in private in Sandringham Estate, where her reign began after her father, King George VI, died of lung cancer in 1952.

On Sunday, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh made their final Norfolk Sunday church service visit in West Newton, where they were greeted by hundreds of people wishing them a fond farewell.

She also paid a visit to RAF Marham to officially open the Lightning Operations Centre with the unveiling of a plaque on Friday, February 2.


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