The Queen makes elegant return from extended break at Sandringham

Chloe Best

The Queen looked characteristically elegant as she returned to London on Monday. The Monarch wrapped up against the chill as she boarded a train back to Kings Cross following her extended break in Norfolk.

Her Majesty swapped her trademark colourful coats for an understated polka dot cover up and accessorised with a patterned headscarf and black leather handbag. She chatted happily to the station manager who escorted her to the first class carriage on the 10.54am service out of Kings Lynn, while staff followed behind with items of luggage.

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The Queen boarded a train back to Kings Cross on Monday morning

Station manager Graeme Pratt told the Eastern Daily Press: "It's an honour to have her use the train service. I asked her if she enjoyed her stay in Norfolk, to which she said she did."

The Queen and Prince Philip have been residing at their Sandringham home for over seven weeks, having travelled to Norfolk a week before Christmas. The royal couple traditionally spend the festive season in their country estate, and joined family members including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the traditional Sunday service at the St Mary Magdalene Church shortly after Christmas.

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During her break the monarch also made her annual visit to the local Women's Institute meeting, where she was presented with her first birthday cake ahead of her forthcoming 90th birthday.

As she does most years, Her Majesty marked Accession Day privately on 6 February – the anniversary of the Queen taking over the throne following the death of her father.

Following her return to the capital, the Queen will have a busier few months ahead as she prepares to celebrate her 90th birthday on 21 April. A number of special events have been organised in honour of the monarch's special day, including four nights of festivities at Windsor Castle in May.