It's fair to say that most of us are in need of a change of scene right now, and for that reason, UK staycations are just as popular this summer as they were in 2020.
One person who's just enjoyed a mini break is the Queen, who's been spotted on a visit to her beloved Sandringham in pictures published by the Daily Mail. It's said the Queen flew into her Norfolk country estate by helicopter on Friday evening and is expected to remain there until today (19 July).
The newspaper reports the 95-year-old monarch spent this past weekend driving around Word Farm and the Commodore Yard Stables, within the grounds of her country retreat.
In the images, the Queen can be seen in the driving seat of her Range Rover with a man who's said to be an advisor on one of her greatest passions - racing horses.
Wood Farm, where the Queen spent the weekend, is located on a secluded part of the Sandringham estate that looks out over the sea - which sounds like a tranquil spot for a weekend away.
The trip will likely have held some bittersweet memories for the Queen as she, Prince Philip and their children have visited the farm to relax for more than 50 years.
The Duke of Edinburgh spent lots of his time at Wood Farm after retiring from public duties in 2017, so we're sure that for Her Majesty, the area holds a special place in her heart.
The Queen's staycation comes shortly after she commemorated what would have been her late husband's 100th birthday in June.
To mark the occasion, which came just two months after the senior royal passed away, the Queen planted a special rose in the East Terrace Garden at Windsor Castle.
The rose was given to Her Majesty by the Royal Horticultural Society, who have named the flower in the Duke of Edinburgh's memory.
It's lovely to see the Queen getting out and about after many months in lockdown, with some of that time spent grieving. Let's hope her mini staycation was thoroughly enjoyed.
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