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Queen Elizabeth Ends Winter Break, Takes Public Train Back to London



Winter break is over for Queen Elizabeth II: She returned to London via public train on Monday, February 11, with crowds on hand to see her off at King’s Lynn station in Norfolk, England.

Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, spent the holiday season at her Sandringham Estate, as is tradition. Their winter break took a climactic turn on January 17, when Philip, 97, was involved in a car accident near the estate that left two women injured. Philip was pulling out from a driveway when the two-car collision occurred, according to BBC News. Though the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover SUV was overturned, he escaped injury. The 28-year-old driver of the other car and her 45-year-old passenger suffered cuts to the knee and a broken wrist, respectively, but a 9-month-old boy in the car was uninjured.

A day after the wreck, Elizabeth was spotted driving without a seatbelt near the scene of the accident. “I can tell you, at times, the queen does have a heavy right foot, but she is a very safe and cautious driver,” her former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told Us Weekly at the time.

Philip won’t be behind the wheel anytime soon, though: He gave up his driver’s license last week. “Norfolk Police can confirm that the 97-year-old driver of the Land Rover involved in the collision at Sandringham on Thursday, January 17, 2019, has today voluntarily surrendered his license to officers,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to Us on Saturday, February 9. “We will follow the standard procedure and return the license to the [Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency].”

Despite these climactic few weeks, Elizabeth cracked a smile as she boarded a London-bound train at Norfolk on Monday. Scroll down for more photos of her trip.

This story was originally published by Us Weekly

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