Norfolk

Queen pays standard fare for Christmas train to King's Lynn

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Image caption The Queen was believed to have paid £34.40 for her standard class ticket from King's Cross to King's Lynn

The Queen travelled on a standard class ticket alongside commuters as she and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Norfolk for their Christmas break.

Travelling on the 10:44 GMT train from King's Cross station in London, the royal couple arrived three minutes late at King's Lynn at 12:24.

Some travellers were unaware she was on board until they alighted to be greeted by a large police and media presence.

One said: "What's all the fuss about - are you expecting somebody?"

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Image caption The train from London arrived three minutes late at King's Lynn
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Image caption The Queen travelled with Prince Philip (right) and her security team

The Press Association reported the Queen paid for a standard ticket costing £34.40.

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Wearing an overcoat and headscarf, she mingled with passengers on the platform before being escorted to a waiting Range Rover.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who in recent years has travelled separately, escorted her.

The couple spend Christmas at Sandringham House, close to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's Anmer Hall home on the Sandringham estate.

They will be joined by the rest of the family for Christmas Day.

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