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The Queen of England will open the gates of her royal estate in Norfolk to movie buffs with wheels for a drive-in experience in September

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the renaissance of drive-through events throughout the world. Widely popular in the US, drive-ins have spread to Europe these past few months, especially for cultural events where social distancing is required.

The trend is even extending to the Queen of England herself, who's set to host film screenings in her private Sandringham House estate, in the South East of the UK. 

A selection of Oscar-winning films

From Friday, September 25, to Sunday, September 27, visitors in their cars will be able to park at Sandringham Country park where they will be provided with transmitters to hear the movie audio in their vehicle. A giant LED screen will confer cinematic quality to this drive-in experience. 

1917 by Sam Mendes will be the first film presented during this outdoor event, on September 25 at 5pm, followed by Oscar-winning picture Rocketman by Dexter Fletcher (about Sir Elton John) at 9 pm. The very first instalment of Toy Story, as well as the musical The Greatest Showman and Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody will be on view the next day. For the last day of drive-in screenings, Moana, cult musical Grease and Oscar-winning A Star is Born with Lady Gaga will end the weekend.

Guests can already book their tickets online. They also have the option to upgrade their drive-in night with private access to a deckchair, table and popcorn delivered to the side of your vehicle. A first-come, first-placed policy will apply,  all while respecting social-distancing guidelines.