Queen Elizabeth ends winter break at Sandringham, takes public train back to London

Winter break is over for Queen Elizabeth II: She returned to London via public train on Monday, February 11, with crowds on hand to see her off at King’s Lynn station in Norfolk, England.

Elizabeth and her husband, Prince Philip, spent the holiday season at her Sandringham Estate, as is tradition. Their winter break took a climactic turn on January 17, when Philip, 97, was involved in a car accident near the estate that left two women injured. Philip was pulling out from a driveway when the two-car collision occurred, according to BBC News. Though the Duke of Edinburgh’s Land Rover SUV was overturned, he escaped injury. The 28-year-old driver of the other car and her 45-year-old passenger suffered cuts to the knee and a broken wrist, respectively, but a 9-month-old boy in the car was uninjured.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk to board a train to return to London, after spending the Christmas period at Sandringham House in north Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk to board a train to return to London, after spending the Christmas period at Sandringham House in north Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II boards a train at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, as she returns to London after spending the Christmas period at Sandringham House in north Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II arrives at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk to board a train to return to London, after spending the Christmas period at Sandringham House in north Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth II boards a train at King's Lynn railway station in Norfolk, as she returns to London after spending the Christmas period at Sandringham House in north Norfolk. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
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A day after the wreck, Elizabeth was spotted driving without a seatbelt near the scene of the accident. “I can tell you, at times, the queen does have a heavy right foot, but she is a very safe and cautious driver,” her former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told Us Weekly at the time.

Philip won’t be behind the wheel anytime soon, though: He gave up his driver’s license last week. “Norfolk Police can confirm that the 97-year-old driver of the Land Rover involved in the collision at Sandringham on Thursday, January 17, 2019, has today voluntarily surrendered his license to officers,” a police spokesperson said in a statement to Us on Saturday, February 9. “We will follow the standard procedure and return the license to the [Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency].”

Despite these climactic few weeks, Elizabeth cracked a smile as she boarded a London-bound train at Norfolk on Monday. Scroll down for more photos of her trip.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspects an honour guard with U.S. President Donald Trump at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth stands with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth stands with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Queen Elizabeth stands with U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania in the Grand Corridor during their visit to Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Steve Parsons/Pool via REUTERS
The First Lady Melania Trump gets out of a Range Rover before being met by Britain's Queen Elizabeth as she arrives with the U.S. President for tea at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are met by Britain's Queen Elizabeth as they arrive for tea at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Britain's Queen Elizabeth greets U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and U.S. President Donald Trump inspect the Guard at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS
The First Lady Melania Trump waits as U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth walk across the courtyard to inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Britain's Queen Elizabeth and U.S. President Donald Trump inspect the Guard at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 13, 2018. Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
The First Lady Melania Trump waits as U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth walk across the courtyard to inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and Britain's Queen Elizabeth inspect the Coldstream Guards during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump listen to the Coldstream Guards, play the U.S. national anthem, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump listen to the Coldstream Guards, play the U.S. national anthem, with Britain's Queen Elizabeth, during a visit to Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are met by Britain's Queen Elizabeth as they arrive for tea at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump are met by Britain's Queen Elizabeth as they arrive for tea at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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