Queen Elizabeth has been to more than a hundred countries on state visits in her official capacity as Queen.
Prince Philip is under pressure to reduce workload following his heart scare as figures showed he barely slowed down last year.
Queen Elizabeth has visited the Duke of Edinburgh in the hospital after the latter was likely to have suffered a heart attack which was halted by emergency surgery to unblock a blood vessel.
The Royal family is planning its biggest Christmas celebration with a lot of guests invited to join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham.
Pippa Middleton has been invited to the Royal Family festivities and was asked to take part in the traditional Boxing Day pheasant shoot during Christmas at Sandringham.
Queen Elizabeth’s four-day state visit to Ireland is the first state visit to the Irish Republic by a British monarch since independence.