Queen’s historic milestone to be dampened by ‘showery’ weather ‘Wellies might be advised’

The Queen’s 70 years on the throne discussed by Robert Jobson

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The Queen will reach a historic milestone on Sunday, when she will become the first-ever English sovereign to have sat on the throne for 70 years. While the country will surely rejoice for Her Majesty as she breaks yet another record, the weather will not mirror the national mood.

Philip Rosenberg, YourWeather’s forecaster and researcher for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Leeds University, told “It’s a good job that the Her Majesty is made of tough stuff, because if she intends to make the most of her anniversary weekend, the weather won’t make it easy for her.

“It looks like we’re all in for another windy weekend, with rain from the Midlands northward on Saturday.

“On Sunday the rain will move further south, and be replaced with snow showers further north.

“At Sandringham House, the Queen can expect a showery day for her anniversary.

“If she does make it outdoors during a break in the rain, she should find it rather pleasant with temperatures around 11-12°C, but her Wellington boots might be advised.”

This weekend’s weather woes follow the devastation brought upon Britain by two successive storms, Malik and Corrie.

They caused the death of a nine-year-old boy in Staffordshire and a 60-year-old woman in Aberdeen, both killed by a falling tree.

The storms, which hit the northern part of the country over the past weekend, left thousands of homes in England and Scotland without power for days and forced the closure of schools in the worst-hit areas. 

The extreme weather also sparked travel chaos, with many services being cancelled or suspended amid security fears.

The Queen is to celebrate her historic accession day anniversary on her Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

The monarch was helicoptered to the beloved estate in late January and is believed to be staying at Wood Farm, a five-bedroom cottage.

This bolthole used to be the place where the monarch and the late Duke of Edinburgh would sometimes retire during their break from royal work to remain far from the public eye, as its location makes it particularly private.

Wood Farm also became the main residence of Prince Philip after he retired from public duties in the summer of 2017 and until March 2020.

Two years ago, just before the first national lockdown was enforced, the Duke decided to join his wife at Windsor Castle to self-isolate from Covid with her.

During the pandemic, the Duke returned to Sandringham for a brief stay between September and October 2020.

Since his death in April last year, the Queen has visited Sandringham twice.

She first travelled to Norfolk in November last year.

During this trip, she was said to be meeting staff on the estate and making preparations to host her family for Christmas at Sandringham.

However, these reported plans were dampened by the rise of the Omicron variant, and the monarch decided to remain at Windsor Castle in December – where she spent Christmas Day with Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen is believed to be normally spending the anniversary of her accession in Sandringham because it’s the place where her father died.

King George VI passed away in his sleep on February 6 1952, while then Princess Elizabeth was touring the Commonwealth.

Following news of the untimely death of the sovereign, the Queen returned to England from Kenya to take on her new role.

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