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Queen lets train take the strain as she ends Christmas break... and Kate and Wills plan a visit to the Taj Mahal, just like Diana

By PA Reporter

Published 09/02/2016

The Queen boards a train at Kings Lynn for London, ending her Christmas break at Sandringham
The Queen boards a train at Kings Lynn for London, ending her Christmas break at Sandringham
The Duchess of Cambridge filming a video message for Children’s Mental Health Week
Princess Diana at the Taj Mahal in 1992

The Queen smiled for the cameras as she boarded a scheduled train bound for London after the end of her extended winter break at Sandringham.

Wrapped up snugly in her trademark headscarf, the Queen paid £55 for her first class off-peak ticket from King's Lynn to London's King's Cross at 10.45am.

The 89-year-old monarch arrived five minutes early for her Great Northern train at the departure station through Queen's Gate for the 1hr 45min journey.

Prince Philip wasn't present, although he often stays on at the 20,000-acre Norfolk estate for a few days longer.

Meanwhile, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are also planning a trip, to India and Bhutan. Details have yet to be released but there is speculation they will visit the Taj Mahal.

British High Commission officials have met counterparts from the city of Agra where the building is located, according to a Times Of India website. The report stated the royal couple will visit India between April 10 and 17, and an Agra official said the High Commission team visited the city to review security at the attraction.

William's mother Diana, Princess of Wales was famously pictured sitting alone in front of the monument to love in February 1992, prompting rumours about the state of her marriage to the Prince of Wales.

The photograph became the defining image of the tour and by the end of the year it was announced the couple had agreed to separate.

Yesterday, Kate voiced her belief that the nation's children should be "supported through difficult times in their lives" in a video message recorded to mark Children's Mental Health Week.

Kate, the royal patron of the children's mental health charity Place2Be, spoke of the importance of giving youngsters the "tools to cope, and to thrive" as they encounter life's challenges.

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