In what is expected to be the longest break in public duties in Her Majesty The Queen’s 68 year reign, it has been reported that the Monarch will remain at Windsor Castle for the foreseeable future owing to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to The Sunday Times, engagements for The Queen will be put on hold until at least the Autumn and her annual Summer trip to Balmoral is looking increasingly less likely to go ahead.
The Queen relocated to Windsor Castle with Prince Philip on March 19th because of the Coronavirus crisis and is expected to remain there “indefinitely”. It has also been reported that plans for an incoming State Visit from South Africa in October are also up in the air as nobody knows when restrictions, put in place because of COVID-19, will be lifted.
The latest news on The Queen’s extended stay at Windsor Castle should come as no surprise. Her Majesty and The Duke of Edinburgh are in the category of people that the Government have asked to shield themselves for a longer period of time to protect them and the NHS from being overwhelmed by the pandemic. It is obvious that The Queen would want to set an example for the rest of the nation as she has done her entire reign.
For the first time in 27 years, Buckingham Palace will also be shut to visitors this Summer. The London residence of The Queen usually opens to the public in July when Her Majesty relocates to Scotland. This comes alongside a number of royal events already being cancelled. Trooping the Colour, the Garter Service as well as the annual garden parties at Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Holyroodhouse have all been cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Though The Queen may not be able to undertake public duties, like the rest of The Royal Family, she has been keeping in touch with the nation through a series of broadcasts. An Easter message and a broadcast to mark VEDay75 have been shared with the nation in the last few weeks. These messages came after Her Majesty broadcast a special Coronavirus message to the nation in which she assured us all that the pandemic would not overcome us and that ‘We Will Meet Again’.