UK’s Queen Elizabeth, 90, starts Christmas holiday after illness delay

Image: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip bid farewell to Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia de Santos following their state visit, at Buckingham Palace in London, Britain November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, 90, and her husband Prince Philip, 95, left Buckingham Palace by helicopter on Thursday, going ahead with their Christmas travel plans following a day’s delay because both were suffering from heavy colds.

Elizabeth, the world’s longest-reigning living monarch, and Philip had originally been due to catch a train from London to their Sandringham country residence in Norfolk, eastern England, on Wednesday.

“I can confirm that The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have left Buckingham Palace and are traveling to Sandringham,” said a palace spokesman on Thursday without giving further details.


(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Stephen Addison)
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