Queen 'leaves' Buckingham Palace for good after recent health issues

The Queen has decided to leave Buckingham Palace for good and make Windsor Castle her permanent home.

It's believed the 95-year-old will never fully return to Buckingham Palace, where she hasn't spent the night since March 2020, the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Queen
The Queen has decided to leave Buckingham Palace for good and make Windsor Castle her permanent home. Photo: Getty

Her Majesty is expected to opt for more of a 'work from home' type of approach for engagements and will meet dignitaries and officials at her Berkshire home.

According to Daily Mail, courtiers want to cut down on the Queen's travel, after she admitted to feeling frail and joking, "As you can see, I can't move," during a recent engagement.


She spent much of lockdown at Windsor with Prince Philip before his death in April last year.

Sources say the couple "rediscovered the happiness of their early years together" while living with just a skeleton staff.

Her Majesty's decision to leave Buckingham Palace could be due to the fact her central London home is being renovated and isn't expected to be finished until 2027.

The Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle
The Queen spent much of lockdown at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip before his death. Photo: Getty

When Prince Charles becomes King and Camilla is Queen Consort, they will be the next to live in Buckingham Palace.

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. It makes sense."

It is believed that the Queen has her weekly meetings with Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the phone, rather than in person, and has done so since the beginning of the pandemic.

While she found solace in her work after Prince Philip's death, she has been forced to slow down on the advice of her doctors since October last year.

The Queen appears via video link from Windsor Castle
Her Majesty has been appearing via video link for most of her recent engagements. Photo: Getty

The Queen recently had to cancel a number of engagements after testing positive to Covid and suffering "mild cold-like" symptoms.

Her next planned engagement outside of Windsor Castle is the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on March 14, her first official event outside of a royal residence in five months.

Later this month she will join other members of the royal family for a service of thanksgiving for Prince Philip.

There will also be a four-day period of national celebrations in June for her Platinum Jubilee with a royal aide telling The Times the Queen "will want to take part" in the festivities.

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