Queen, Prince Philip Head to Sandringham for Annual Christmas Holiday After ‘Heavy Colds’

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Crisis over: Queen Elizabeth II and husband Prince Philip departed Thursday by air for their Norfolk estate for their annual Christmas holiday, their “heavy colds” apparently diminished.

Buckingham Palace issued a statement confirming that the royal couple had left the palace and were traveling to Sandringham, their private estate where they spend every Christmas.

The BBC reported they had arrived at the estate via royal helicopter.

The palace did not say when they left or how they traveled, and apparently the media were not able or not allowed to take pictures of their departure as usual.

Reporters at the palace spotted the royal helicopter as it landed on the grounds and departed.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Maria Puente