The Queen has returned to Prince Philip's cottage for the first time since his death to mark the anniversary of her father, King George VI.

A source told the Mail on Sunday : "Everything is being put in order for the Queen's visit.

'We 've been told that she will stay at Wood Farm, rather than the main house, which is nice as that always had a special place in his heart."

the festive period was the queen has stayed in the cottage before, but it will be the first christmas without the duke of edinburgh, her husband of more than 73 years, who died in april last year.

She is expected to spend Accession Day, on February 6, with her family during an extended break at the cottage and will mark her Platinum Jubilee in private.

Four days of public celebrations will be held nationwide in June.

the monarch, 95, travelled to norfolk by helicopter from windsor castle to sandringham where she will spend the next few weeks, it is understood.

When Philip retired from public duties in 2017 at the age of 95 – the age of the Queen today – Wood Farm cottage was the place he called home

But in December the Queen, 95, made the decision to remain at Windsor Castle as a precautionary measure after a rise in Covid-19 cases at the time.

Her winter break normally ends some time after accession day, 6 February – the day her father, George VI, died in 1952.

She has spent much of this year at Windsor Castle, where she and Philip had shielded throughout the lockdowns.

the queen's health during the autumn last visited sandringham in november 2021 after being under doctors' orders to rest following a night in hospital a month earlier.

The Queen will mark the 70th anniversary of the death of her father George VI during an extended break at the cottage

The Queen also sprained her back, leading to her missing the Remembrance Sunday service.

She was pictured making the emotional pilgrimage from Windsor Castle to Sandringham in Norfolk on Sunday morning.

She was driven part of the way and then took a helicopter.

the couple lived apart in the final years of his life, with the duke of edinburgh's death.

The Queen pictured leaving Windsor Castle to head to Sandringham in Norfolk on Sunday morning

She would regularly travel up to see him when she didn't have engagements.

The five-bed cottage, which is tucked away on a quiet part of the estate overlooking the sea, is said to be were able to be a normal couple.

It's also where Sarah Ferguson was made to stay after her divorce from Prince Andrew.

She wasn't allowed to attend the Christmas celebrations in the 'Big House ', but wanted to be nearby to see daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

The Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021 (Image: BUCKINGHAM PALACE)

February 6 will mark 70 year since the King passed away, aged just 56.

It comes after she cancelled Christmas with the Royal Family at Sandringham due to soaring Covid cases at the time.

Concern for the health of the Queen had been heightened after she cancelled a series of engagements.

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