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An eventful two months for the Queen during her stay in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 February 2019 | UPDATED: 13:26 11 February 2019

The Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

The Duke of Cambridge, the Duchess of Cambridge, the Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of Sussex arriving to attend the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

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The Queen’s winter break in Norfolk has certainly been an eventful one.

The Duke of Edinburgh's car after it was involved in a collision at Babingley, near King's Lynn  Picture: Chris BishopThe Duke of Edinburgh's car after it was involved in a collision at Babingley, near King's Lynn Picture: Chris Bishop

From her husband’s car crash to tabloid rumours of a feud between the Duchess of Cambridge and the Duchess of Sussex, the Royals have seldom been out of the news.

Prince Philip escaped uninjured when his Land Rover Freelander overturned when it was involved in a collision with a Kia Carens on the busy A149 coast road.

The driver of the other vehicle, 28-year-old teacher Ellie Townsend and her nine-month-old baby were uninjured in the accident, on January 17. Passenger Emma Fairweather, 43, suffered a broken wrist.

The Queen visits the WI at West Newton.
Guest speaker at the event is Alexander Armstrong.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The Queen visits the WI at West Newton. Guest speaker at the event is Alexander Armstrong. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

The Duke later apologised, saying he had been dazzled by the setting sun as he pulled out of a side road.

The day after the accident, a new Land Rover was delivered to replace the crashed car. Two days after the crash, the Duke was pictured driving it on a public road without a seatbelt. Police said he had been given “words of advice” over the incident.

Over the weekend, Buckingham Palace said Philip had voluntarily given up his driving licence. The Crown Prosecution Service is now deciding whether he should face charges.

Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.Queen Elizabeth II attends the Christmas Day morning church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, Norfolk.

The Queen was also pictured in her Bentley without a belt on. But as monarch, she is immune from prosecution.

The Queen’s thoughts on the Brexit debacle catapulted the 30-strong Sandringham Woman’s Institute into the spotlight.

Her thoughts on listening to others and seeking common ground, as she attended a WI meeting at West Newton Village Hall, were clearly aimed squarely at warring politicians.

The Queen visits the WI at West Newton.
Guest speaker at the event is Alexander Armstrong.
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2019The Queen visits the WI at West Newton. Guest speaker at the event is Alexander Armstrong. Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2019

During the same WI meeting, the Queen played a game of Pointless with special guest and host of the popular television show, Alexander Armstrong. Mr Armstrong said the Queen showed “deft, silky Pointless skills”.

The Queen is also said to be a fan of the cartoon Danger Mouse - for which Mr Armstrong provides the main character’s voice.

On Christmas Day, the world’s media packed into Sandringham as the Royal Family attended church.

Rumours of a fall-out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes had hit the headlines in the run-up to December 25.

But Kate and Meghan walked smiling side by side along the path that led to the church, scotching rumours of a rift.

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