Royal devastation: The heartbreaking reason Prince Philip spent Valentine’s Day alone

PRINCE PHILIP has recently spent the winter break with the Queen, supporting her through a painful anniversary - but what is the heartbreaking reason the Duke of Edinburgh spent Valentine's Day alone?

and the Queen have a relationship which spans decades, supporting one another through numerous trials during their 72-year marriage. has described Philip as her “strength and stay” and remained at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk with him until early February.

However, the Queen has now returned to London after commemorating the 68th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

She travelled back to London on the train, boarding at King’s Lynn train station in Norfolk to return to the capital.

Returning to London was bittersweet for the Queen, as she was returning to royal duties just as news broke of a divorce within the Royal Family.

The Queen’s grandson Peter Phillips and his wife Autumn announced their divorce in a statement saying they would continue to live in Gloucestershire and will co-parent their daughters Savannah and Isla.

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Royal devastation: Prince Philip will not be spending Valentine's Day with the Queen (Image: REUTERS)

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Royal devastation: Queen Elizabeth II has described Philip as her 'strength and stay' (Image: GETTY)

The Queen was reportedly told of the split and a source told Town & Country: “Whilst sad at the decision, both families are hugely supportive of them both and the girls,”

This isn't the first upheaval the Queen has faced of late, with the announcement of the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as senior royals in early January.

A few months earlier, in November, the Queen's son Prince Andrew also announced his withdrawal from royal duties. 

With the Queen's blessing, following his BBC Newsnight interview, Andrew will not return to royal life "for the foreseeable future".

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Royal devastation: Prince Philip is now retired, and spends his time on Sandringham Estate (Image: GETTY)

What is the reason Prince Philip will spend Valentine’s Day alone?

Prince Philip will not be with the Queen on arguably the most romantic day of the year - Valentine’s Day.

This is because he lives full time on the royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, and the Queen is back at her home in Buckingham Palace.

After an extended winter break, the Queen has now returned to royal duties full time.

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Prince Philip lives in Wood Farm, a red-brick five-bedroom home in the grounds of Sandringham Estate.

During his time in Norfolk, the Duke of Edinburgh is said to enjoy reading, watercolour painting and riding a horse and carriage around the grounds.

However, the Duke will most definitely be keeping warm and cosy indoors this weekend, as Storm Dennis is on the way.

Royal biographer Hugo Vickers said: “Wood Farm is more practical than opening up Sandringham.

Royal devastation: The Queen and Prince Philip married in 1947

Royal devastation: The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for 72 years (Image: GETTY)

“It’s not tiny, but it’s a normal house that anyone could live in. It’s very un-Royal.”

A friend of Philip said the Queen feels he has earned himself a “proper retirement” after being “on duty” since the pair married in 1947.

They told the Daily Mail: “She knows him too well — if he was still at the centre of royal life he’d feel he had to be involved.

“Being at Wood Farm means he’s not too far away, but far enough to be able to relax.”

Relaxing is high on the Duke’s agenda, particularly after a few health scares of late.

However, given the fact Philip will be 99 in June, the odd health concern is to be expected.

During the Christmas break, Prince Philip, 98, was at King Edward VII’s hospital in London receiving treatment for a “pre-existing condition”.

He was seen walking out of the hospital after a few days of treatment and returned to Sandringham in time for Christmas festivities.

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