Queen heartbreak: Will the Queen EVER return to Buckingham Palace?

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Queen Elizabeth II decamped to Windsor Castle in Berkshire on March 19 as the coronavirus situation in the UK worsened. Joined by her husband Prince Philip, the two stayed at the castle for months throughout the spring and early summer.

Buckingham Palace announced the news in a press release a couple of days prior to her London departure, saying: “Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday, March 19, one week earlier than planned.

“It is likely the Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period.”

The move came as a precautionary measure following the Government’s announcement the COVID-19 pandemic was worsening in the capital.

At 94, the Queen is considered at high risk of suffering serious consequences if she had been infected with the virus.

The Queen has since been forced to cancel in person engagements, including the Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel, various garden parties, Trooping of The Colour and Royal Ascot.

In April, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “Three garden parties hosted by the Queen, due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May, will not now take place.

“Guests already invited to these garden parties will be asked to attend in 2021.

“Two additional garden parties given for the Not Forgotten Association and the National Trust will also not take place.”

In August, after months of isolation at Windsor Castle, the Queen and Prince Philip travelled to her Scottish estate Balmoral.

They have been at Balmoral for about a month, and been visited by close family members including Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and their children and The Earl and Countess of Wessex and their son and daughter.

The Queen and Prince Philip will soon head to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk for private time together.

However, after her holiday, it’s understood the monarch will return to Windsor Castle for work.

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Will the Queen ever return to Buckingham Palace?

The fact the Queen is not going back to Buckingham Palace after her private holiday with Prince Philip suggests thing are changing for the monarch.

In previous years, the Queen would spend Monday to Thursday at Buckingham Palace to work, and use the Berkshire property for her weekends.

In 2011, the monarch spent a total of 109 nights at Buckingham Palace.

But in 2015, she only spent 88 nights at the palace, with the downward trend continuing year on year.

However, the Queen is due to return to Buckingham Palace for a limited number of audiences in the near future.

It remains to be seen whether Buckingham Palace will ever become the Queen’s primary residence once again.

Buckingham Palace has never been the preferred resident of the Queen and her family.

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