Queen Elizabeth Will Reportedly No Longer Call Buckingham Palace Home
Last month, the Queen tested positive for Covid-19, but now that she is meeting in-person again, it appears that she has made a full recovery. According to her son and the future king, Prince Charles, she feels “a lot better.”
When the Queen started to resume her royal duties, she did so remotely, but in a sign that she has made a full recovery, she had her first in-person meeting on Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The meeting was held at Windsor Castle.
At the beginning of the pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle. Previously, she had lived in London at Buckingham Palace for the majority of her reign as Queen, but once the pandemic hit, she decided to move to Windsor Castle, which had previously only been her weekend home.
Windsor Castle is located in the Berkshire countryside. It is the oldest castle in the world dating back to the 11th century when it was founded by William the Conqueror. Throughout the castle’s history, 39 different monarch’s have lived there. It is the last castle that the Queen lived in with her late husband, Prince Philip.
One of the Queen’s acquaintances, royal author Hugo Vickers, told the UK Times, “Windsor is the place she loves.” He added, “She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby. It makes sense.”
This news doesn’t exactly mean that the Queen is packing her bags and relocating. As mentioned earlier, she has been spending most of her time at Windsor Castle since the beginning of the pandemic. That’s almost two years. The news is more that the move to Windsor Castle was supposed to be temporary. Instead, it is permanent.
While the Queen plans to visit Buckingham Palace for day trips to London, she is already conducting official business in person at Windsor Castle. In fact, the made her first in-person royal appearance after recovering from Covid-19 at Windsor Castle when she met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday. She didn’t use a cane during this meeting, and she seemed in good spirits.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Queen’s permanent move to Windsor Castle and to learn more about the future of Buckingham Palace.
Prince Charles is expected to relocate to Buckingham Palace when he one day becomes king. In the meantime, he is happy to live at his residence, Clarance House. Also in the meantime, Buckingham Palace is undergoing renovations, which is part of the reason why the Queen will not be returning.
Does it surprise you that the Queen will no longer live in London?