There are no plans to reopen the queen’s London residence until it’s safe to do so.
- Queen Elizabeth II will not be returning to Buckingham Palace following her summer vacation at her Balmoral estate.
- The 94-year-old monarch will instead return to Windsor Castle, where she has quarantined with her husband, 99-year-old Prince Philip.
- The queen, who is expected to be in London only for important engagements, will commute to and from the city.
Queen Elizabeth isn’t returning to Buckingham Palace following her summer stay at Balmoral Castle.
Per People, the monarch isn’t expected to return to her London residence for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with social distancing guidelines still in place within most working environments. Rather, the queen will head back to Windsor Castle, where she and her husband, Prince Philip, had been sheltering in place since mid-March.
According to The Sunday Times, this is the longest period of time the queen has spent away from her main London residence during her 68-year-long reign.
“There is a desire to get Buckingham Palace up and running again as a working palace,” a royal source told the outlet, “but only if all the relevant advice suggests that it is appropriate to do so.”
If there are any pressing London-based events that should require the queen’s attendance, she’s expected to make the 30-mile drive into the city. Royal officials are also reexamining how the queen and other members of the royal family can safely attend and honor the annual Remembrance Day events to take place in central London this November.
Prince William and Duchess Catherine are expected to return to London in the next few weeks, however, following their months-long stay at their Anmer Hall home in Norfolk.