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Queen determined ‘to return to normal’ in weeks as she ‘needs to be seen to be believed’

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The monarch, 94, reportedly plans to resume some official engagements in October. She is currently at Balmoral in Scotland after spending much of the coronavirus lockdown at Windsor Castle.

The Queen is expected to return to her Berkshire residence after her summer break and travel to London when she needs to for royal duties.

She feels she “needs to be seen to be believed”, a royal source claimed.

The source told Vanity Fair: “The Queen loves Windsor, it’s where she is most comfortable and so it makes sense for her to be there, but she also needs to be back in London for certain things and the plan is for her to commute as and when she needs to.

“The Queen wants to get back to work, she is very keen for things to return to normal as are her staff at the palace.

“There’s very much a sense on the Queen’s part of wanting to get back to work and normality.

“She has always said she needs to be seen to be believed and she knows how important it is that the public see her in the flesh.”

Another royal source added that hopes for the Queen to return to face-to-face engagements are “very high” but “it’s a case of how to make that work around the official guidelines”.

The Queen plans to attend the annual ceremony at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday, sources claimed.

Other members of the Royal Family including Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William and Kate have recently started carrying out face-to-face royal duties again.

The Queen travelled from Buckingham Palace to Windsor in March where she has stayed with Prince Philip, 99.

She has delivered two televised addresses to boost the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

In June, the monarch enjoyed a mini Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark her official birthday.

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And in July, she attended the wedding of her granddaughter Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in Windsor.

She also knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore for his NHS fundraising in an open-air ceremony at her Berkshire residence.

The Queen is now enjoying her annual break at Balmoral with the Duke of Edinburgh.

Every year she spends the summer in Scotland where she is joined by other members of the Royal Family.

The Queen is thought to have been visited by family during this year’s holiday after months apart during the lockdown.

The royals spent the period at their residences across the country.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were at Anmer Hall in Norfolk with their three children.

Charles, who has recovered after catching coronavirus, and the Duchess of Cornwall were at Birkhall in Scotland.

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