Queen Elizabeth wraps up warm in purple as she touches down in King’s Lynn for Christmas

Spending Christmas at the royal estate at Sandringham has become a tradition, and the Queen’s arrival at King’s Lynn station every year has become a public spectacle. 

Her Majesty, 91, and Prince Philip, 96, took a train from London at 10:45am just a day after she hosted the entire royal family for Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. 

The couple took the First Capital Connect service from London King’s Cross to King’s Lynn, and Sandringham estate is just a short 30 minute drive away. 

Alighting the train, the Queen was photographed wearing a purple ensemble. 

She wore a purple coat which featured a black collar and gold buttons up the front and on the cuffs. 

To keep snug she wrapped a purple silk headscarf round her head and a pair of cotton black gloves. 

She teamed the purple outfit with a pair of black shoes with silver buckles and accessorised with a small black leather handbag. 

Every year, the Queen and Prince Philip choose to take the public train service rather than the royal train. 

The royal train comes with a sleeping car, bathroom and carpeted saloon, but due to huge running costs, it is now only used on special occasions. 

This year will be a little different at Sandringham as Prince Harry’s fiancee will be attending. 

Kensington Palace recently announced the news: “You can expect to see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry and Ms Markle at Sandringham on Christmas Day.” 

But Meghan Markle’s invitation to the royal family’s Christmas breaks with tradition. 

An invitation to the royal family Christmas is usually not extended to partners until they are married. 

Prince Harry reportedly asked the Queen to make an exception for Meghan to join in their festivities. 

Meghan, 36, and Harry, 33, are currently living together in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace. 

Today, the Palace released official engagement photos of the couple. 

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