Queen Elizabeth II is not going to return to her primary residence in London, Buckingham Palace, post her vacation at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. According to a report published by the Sunday Times, the Queen will head to Windsor Castle in October after her annual summer holiday.
Roya Nikkhah, the royal correspondent for The Sunday Times, tweeted: “The Queen is to make Windsor Castle her main home for the foreseeable future and will not resume residence at Buckingham Palace any time soon as the seat of monarchy shifts from London to Berkshire,”
Queen Elizabeth II typically heads back to her London residence, the Buckingham Palace, at the beginning of October post her annual break at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland, but this year it seems like the 94 Year-old monarch will be returning to Windsor Castle, where she has been sheltering with her husband Prince Philip, 99, since mid-March in the wake of the global pandemic caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
As reported by The Sunday Times (via People), this is the longest amount of time the Queen been away from the London residence in her entire 68-year-old reign. As divulged by a source, “There is a desire to get Buckingham Palace up and running again as a working palace, but only if all the relevant advice suggests that it is appropriate to do so.”
So there is a looming uncertainty regarding the Queen’s return to the palace as it is not going to happen anytime soon!
Queen Elizabeth II was shifted out of Buckingham Palace in early March. During that time a royal source revealed, as quoted by The Sun (via The Hindu):“She is in good health but it was thought best to move her. The Palace hosts a constant stream of visitors, including politicians and dignitaries from around the world. The Queen has met a lot of people there until recently. But she is weeks away from her 94th birthday and advisers believe it is best to get her out of harm’s way.”
Queen Elizabeth II has been conducting her royal duties with a small number of staff in a self-contained “bubble” at Windsor Castle. That structure has also continued in Scotland and will likely do so when the Queen relocates to Sandringham for the annual Christmas and winter holiday.
This arrangement means the Queen, after she returns from Balmoral in October to Windsor, she will have to commute 30 miles into London for any pressing engagements that require her attendance. Plans are also being made for Queen Elizabeth II and other royals’ safe commutation to the annual Remembrance Day events in central London in November.