The monarch, 89, wore a pink coat with pearl buttons as she traveled in a first-class carriage to Norfolk

By Monique Jessen
Updated December 17, 2015 11:20 AM
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Just one day after hosting a festive lunch at Buckingham Palace for the extended royal family, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are now settling in to enjoy their private holiday vacation at Sandringham.

Boarding the 10.44 a.m. train from London King’s Cross station, the 89-year-old monarch smiled to onlookers as she climbed into the first-class carriage of the scheduled Great Northern service train, which had been cordoned off for their private use on Thursday.

While Philip, 90, boarded the train clutching a hardback book, the Queen, dressed in a pink coat with pearl buttons, could be seen looking through a briefcase, presumably catching up on paperwork.

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As they disembarked the train less than two hours later at King’s Lynn in West Norfolk, the Queen was already sporting a more country casual look in a pink and white floral head scarf, while a staffer trailed behind her carrying one of her favorite creature comforts – a cozy checked blanket.

On Wednesday, Prince Harry accompanied Princess Kate and Prince George (and his golden curls!) to the annual pre-Christmas lunch hosted by Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace. Prince William was absent as he had a “personal, private event” – attending the memorial service of pal Guy Pelly’s father in Wiltshire.

After leaving the quaint Norfolk station, the royals were driven to Sandringham Estate, where they traditionally stay until after Accession Day in early February.

Kate, Will and the rest of the royal family will soon join the Queen for a bevy of holiday festivities, including a grand Christmas Eve feast and Christmas morning services at St. Mary Magdalene church.