The Queen has decided to live permanently at Windsor Castle after a two-year absence from Buckingham Palace
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The Queen has reportedly made Windsor Castle her permanent home and will ‘never live at Buckingham Palace again’.
Her Majesty, who normally lives in London, has been working from home at Windsor Castle for the past two years since the pandemic began.
And now with more health concerns, having recently caught Covid-19 and suffering from more mobility issues, the 95-year-old is said to have decided to make Windsor her official residence.
Buckingham Palace, which has been the official royal residence since 1837, is currently undergoing a £369million refurbishment, due to be completed in 2027.
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When the renovations began, the plan was that the Queen would only be leaving her private quarters temporarily.
But it has since been decided that she will leave the palace forever to minimize her travel, as it is also deemed no longer suitable for a long-term home, reports The Times.
It is understood the Queen will also be working from home at Windsor Castle on a permanent basis.
The record-breaking monarch is celebrating her 96th birthday this year and is said to have said at a meeting at the palace last month that she “couldn’t move” as she leaned on her walking stick.
Last October, the Queen was advised on doctor’s orders to rest for several weeks after going to hospital for tests for an unspecified illness.
She also tested positive for Covid-19 last month and has had “mild symptoms” while continuing to perform “light tasks”.
The Queen spent much of the lockdown in Windsor with Prince Philip until his death in April last year.
Her Majesty is expected to return and be “visible” at Buckingham Palace for celebrations such as this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
For her birthday on June 2nd she will appear on the balcony of the London residence.
And the Union Jack, signifying that the monarch is not at the palace, will now remain permanent, disappointing any tourists hoping to catch a glimpse of her when visiting London.
During the pandemic, the Queen did not change her residence seasonally as usual, where she normally roams about with her family in Balmoral in Aberdeenshire and settles down at her Norfolk estate, Sandringham, from December to mid-February.
Her next event away from Windsor Castle is the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, this month on March 14.
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