Whats next for Buckingham Palace after the Queens move to Windsor?
Her Majesty the Queen is reportedly never planning to live at Buckingham Palace again after moving permanently to Windsor Castle.
After spending the majority of her 70 year reign in the royal residence in London, the Queen, 95, is believed to have relocated to her castle in Windsor.
According to royal expert Duncan Larcombe, the monarch left Buckingham Palace as it was ‘less and less home from home’ without her beloved husband, the late Prince Philip.
This means that Buckingham Palace will next be occupied by Prince Charles and Camila following the Queen's death.
A source told Daily Mail that Prince Charles is “firmly of the view that it’s the visible symbol of the monarchy in the nation’s capital and therefore must be his home.”
“The Prince of Wales will not move into Buckingham Palace before he is king. But when he is, he absolutely will,” the source explained.
“Just like the Queen, it will effectively be in the ‘flat above the shop.’ He feels it is right, just as the Queen does, to work out of Buckingham Palace. The palace will still be a working and entertaining hub and will also still be open to visitors. It is a hugely important tourist attraction. But the prince can still live there at the same time, much like he does at Highgrove, which is also open to the public.”
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Meanwhile, the Queen will remain at Windsor Castle where she and the late Prince Philip moved to at the start of the pandemic.
Following his death, the Queen did not make a permanent move back to Buckingham Palace and the royal is believed to have not spent a night at her London base since March 2020.
Windsor Castle is also where the family celebrated the past two Christmas' after they were unable to stay at Sandringham due to COVID restrictions.
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Royal author Hugo Vickers told The Sunday Times: “Windsor is the place she loves. She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby.”
He added that the move "makes sense" for the monarch particularly after her recent health scares which forced her to cancel some of her planned royal appointments.
The Queen returned to face-to-face engagements last week as she met the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 50.
The Queen had been avoiding all in-person plans on her royal schedule due to an extended bout of COVID-19.
Aides and medics did their best to help the Queen isolate, as she continued to present with "mild symptoms" of Covid, and she hosted a number of official figures via Zoom and video link.
Royal fans were relieved to see the monarch has emerged from her cautious state and enjoyed a meeting face-to-face at Windsor Castle.
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