Queen Elizabeth has found a new use for her country home, Sandringham estate, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The sprawling property, situated about 100 miles north of London in Norfolk, is where the Queen and the royal family typically spend the holidays, but this month, the estate will be open to the public for a special weekend of drive-in movie screenings, an ideal way to enjoy the cinema while also maintaining a safe distance from others.
According to the estate’s official website, patrons will be allowed to sit or stand outside of their cars so long as they are staying within the area designated for their vehicle, and there will be a different food vendor each day depending upon the film. Movies that will be shown the weekend of Sep. 25 through Sept. 27 include 1917, Rocketman, Toy Story, The Greatest Showman, Grease, Moana, and A Star is Born. Appropriately, the Saturday evening film is a showing of Bohemian Rhapsody, which chronicles the rock-and-roll lifestyle of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen.
Queen Elizabeth likely won’t be making a guest appearance at the drive-in cinema this fall, though a press release from Buckingham Palace did note that she and Prince Philip will be visiting the estate during the second half of September. The royals are currently enjoying a stay at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, where they spend the end of every summer. Prior to their warm-weather retreat, the pair spent the first few months of quarantine at Windsor Castle. According to People, the 94-year-old matriarch will head back to Windsor at the beginning of October, with trips to her main residence, Buckingham Palace in London, for special events only. The Sunday Times reports that this will be the longest time that Queen Elizabeth has been away from Buckingham Palace in her 68-year reign.
From Architectural Digest