The Queen reportedly saw Buckingham Palace as “less and less her home” over recent years, but losing Prince Philip was a “wake up call” about her royal residence.
- Her Majesty is said to be preparing to make Windsor Castle her permanent home after spending only a short time at Buckingham Palace since the pandemic.
- It’s claimed that ever since the Duke of Edinburgh retired, Buckingham Palace hasn’t felt the same to the Queen.
- This royal news comes as it was revealed that Meghan Markle's special moment of 'independence' on wedding day was achieved with the help of Prince Charles.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Queen spent most of her time at her historic Berkshire home, Windsor Castle, accompanied by her beloved late husband, Prince Philip. Now, almost a year since his death and with restrictions eased in the UK, she’s continued to conduct her duties from Windsor. It’s thought that Her Majesty hasn’t spent a night at Buckingham Palace since March 2020.
And it seems that a permanent change of scene is just what she’s looking for as reports have suggested the Queen is leaving Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle for good. If the monarch does make Windsor Castle her new primary home, it would mean that two of the Queen’s children remain close by, with Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex at Bagshot Park and Prince Andrew at the Royal Lodge.
And according to royal expert Duncan Larcombe, the Queen’s major move could’ve been a long time coming…
He has suggested to OK! magazine (opens in new tab) that far from being a sudden decision, Buckingham Palace has been feeling “less and less her home” since Prince Philip retired. Though it was the Duke’s death in April 2021 that was reportedly a “wake up call” for the monarch.
Duncan claimed, "Sometimes these things are a wake up call. In the last 10 or 15 years, The Queen would always leave Buckingham Palace on a Thursday, spend the weekend at Windsor and then be back at her desk and staying in her private apartment.
Reflecting on the reports that the Queen has decided to make the move to Berkshire official, the royal expert reflected on the importance of being able to conduct her duties from somewhere she feels “most comfortable”.
"I think being surrounded by and being able to work from the place that you love and the place where you feel most comfortable is important when The Queen is 95 and, frankly, should be doing everything she can to make life less of a strain and more comfortable for her,” he said.
If she does remain at Windsor Castle, not only could she feel more "comfortable" there, but the palace likely holds many precious memories of Prince Philip too.
Meanwhile, Duncan believes that whilst Buckingham Palace remains an impressive landmark, it was “never really” the monarch’s home, but her “offices”.
"When you looked at Buckingham Palace you thought that you were looking at the home of The Queen but what you're actually looking at is The Queen's offices,” he explained. "Buckingham Palace has never really been her home, it's always been Windsor.”
With the Queen facing an even more hectic year than ever as she prepares for the Platinum Jubilee 2022 celebrations in June, the thought that she's conducting her duties from a place that truly feels like home is heart-warming.
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