King’s Lynn station manager Graeme Pratt escorts the Queen from the platform to the waiting carriage. Pictures: Matthew Usher

The Queen’s traditional winter break ended on Monday when she headed back to London after boarding a morning train from King’s Lynn rail station.

She left Norfolk around 10.45am for King’s Cross without the 97-year-old Duke of Edinburgh, who it is understood would be staying at the Sandringham estate.

The Queen traditionally ends her break in West Norfolk around or on Accession Day, February 6, the day her father died at Sandringham in 1952.

She was escorted to the carriage by station manager Graeme Pratt.