Why Queen Elizabeth Likely Won't Return to Buckingham Palace After Her Summer Break in Scotland
The traditional home of the monarchy is set to be without Queen Elizabeth for several more months.
The Queen, who is currently on vacation at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, won't be living at Buckingham Palace for the foreseeable future as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt working patterns.
The Queen typically heads back to her London palace residence at the beginning of October following her annual break in Scotland, but this year she'll be returning to Windsor Castle, where she has been staying with husband Prince Philip, 99, since mid-March amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
It will be the longest she has been away from the central seat of the monarchy during her 68-year-old reign, says The Sunday Times, which first reported the story.
Buckingham Palace reps had no comment. A royal source was quoted by the Times as saying, "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."
Earlier this summer, it emerged that the Queen's public engagements were being scaled back amid the pandemic, but she was able to take part in the outdoor awarding of a knighthood to charity hero, Captain Tom Moore on July 17.
Her July appearance underlines how events and advice are ever-changing and palace insiders are unsure of how the pandemic will affect arrangements for the Queen in the months ahead.
With the Queen based at Windsor when she returns from Balmoral in October, it is expected that she will commute the 30 miles into London for any public or behind-closed-doors engagements that require her attendance. And plans are being made for how she and other royals can safely attend the annual Remembrance Day events in central London in November.
The monarch has been conducting her royal business with a small number of staffers in attendance in a self-contained "bubble" at Windsor Castle. That structure has continued in Scotland and will likely do so when she relocates to Sandringham for the annual Christmas and winter holiday.