Queen Elizabeth Likely Won't Return to Buckingham Palace This Year Due to COVID Precautions

August 25, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II won’t be calling Buckingham Palace home “for the foreseeable future.”

A new report in the Sunday Times reveals that Her Majesty is making some adjustments to her living arrangements amid the pandemic.

Upon returning from her annual summer trip to Balmoral -- her Scottish estate -- the Queen will stay at Windsor Castle along with her husband, Prince Philip.

According to Good Morning America, the decision to trade in her permanent living space for a temporary stay at Windsor Castle -- roughly one hour outside of London -- is a precautionary measure to keep her safe.

The publication notes there is fewer staff at Windsor than at Buckingham, which remains a working palace with offices.

The Times noted that this would be the Queen’s longest time spent away from the palace in her decades-long reign.

She has been away from Buckingham Palace since March, when she and her husband left to begin self-isolating and social distancing at Windsor.

The Queen celebrated many events at her home-away-from-home including the Easter holiday, her 94th birthday and Prince Phillip’s 99th birthday.

The publication notes she’ll commute to engagements and events if London is deemed safe, though a source notes she reportedly won’t move back to Buckingham until “the threat from coronavirus has lifted.”

Other royals including Prince Charles and Camilla and Prince William and Kate Middleton will return to their respective residences, Clarence House and Kensington Palace.

The only person from the royal family to contract coronavirus has been the Queen’s son, Prince Charles. He tested positive in mid-March and has since recovered.

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