Her Majesty lets the train take the strain as she arrives at Kings Lynn station en route to Sandringham

PUBLISHED: 17:03 19 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:03 19 December 2013

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station, ready for Christmas at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station, ready for Christmas at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2013

The Queen arrived at King’s Lynn’s newly-refurbished station just before 12.30pm today where a Range Rover was waiting for the final 10 miles of the journey to Sandringham.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station, ready for Christmas at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station, ready for Christmas at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Some passengers did a double take as the unmistakable figure, clad in a checked grey jacket and head scarf, alighted from the train with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Earlier, there was speculation that the Queen would be leaving London for Norfolk this morning after the singer Adele received her MBE at Buckingham Palace from the Prince of Wales.

Security was tight at King’s Lynn station prior to her arrival, where a £2m “heritage refurbishment”, including part of the Victorian concourse known as the Royal Gate, is being carried out.

Passenger Jennifer Zorbaugh, 24, from Watlington, who was a passenger on board the train, said: “That’s really neat, it has made my day. I haven’t ever seen the Queen before only on TV.

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station, ready for Christmas at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at King's Lynn Station, ready for Christmas at Sandringham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

“I’ve always really admired her, even when I lived in the United States; she does so much and works so hard even though parliament runs the country. She’s such an amazing person.”

A first class single from London to King’s Lynn is £52, reduced to £34.50 with a senior railcard. But FCC said arrangements for her ticket - which is paid for - are made with the Royal Household and cannot be discussed.

After arriving in Lynn today, the Queen was taken the last few miles up the A149 coast road to Sandringham by car.

The Queen arrives ahead of the rest of the family to oversee preparations for the festivities on her country estate.

She will begin by choosing a tree from Sandringham Sawmill, which younger members of the family will decorate.

Most Royal Family members arrive in Norfolk on Christmas Eve.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

More news stories

Whittlesey Town Council voted unanimously to oppose proposals for 60 homes south east of 208 Coates Road, Coates, claiming schools can’t cope with the additional numbers.

11:23

Revellers were treated to a trip back in time last weekend at the annual Festival of the Forties in March.

Salaries of senior staff to be recruited to the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority headed by Mayor James Palmer will be unveiled this week.

12:04

Arsonists set fire to a car in North Bank, Whittlesey overnight.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter