Queen heartbreak: Monarch forced to keep distance from family as royals go on holiday

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The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will head to Balmoral Castle in Scotland next month for a summer holiday. Every year the monarch enjoys a break at her estate in Aberdeenshire where she is joined by other family members.

But the royals will have to keep their distance from the Queen this year due to the coronavirus crisis.

As part of steps to reduce risk to the monarch, the Queen will not entertain guests in the castle and they will stay in properties on the estate.

They will take part in outdoor activities such as walks, shooting, fishing, horse riding, picnics and barbecues.

However social distancing could prove difficult with some of the younger royals.

Kate admitted this week that Prince Louis, two, does not understand social distancing.

The Duchess of Cambridge said: “So he goes out wanting to cuddle everything, particularly any babies younger than him.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, who are living in Los Angeles after bowing out of the Royal Family, are not expected to visit with their one-year-old son Archie due to travel restrictions.

The Sunday Times reported the Queen is determined to travel to Balmoral in August as long as coronavirus rules do not change.

A “Balmoral bubble” of household staff will look after the monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh.

This will be made up of some staff from the “Windsor bubble” who have been with the Queen and Philip in Berkshire.

The Queen’s private secretary Sir Edward Young, her head groom Terry Pendry and her personal assistant and dresser Angela Kelly will be among those travelling to Balmoral.

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Household staff joining the “Balmoral bubble” will include chefs and housemaids already based at the estate and it is understood they will have coronavirus tests.

Buckingham Palace declined to confirm details of the Queen’s Balmoral plans.

The monarch left Buckingham Palace for Windsor Castle in March.

During the lockdown she has taken part in two public video calls.

And she has made two televised addresses to the nation to boost morale.

In her first face-to-face engagement since March, the Queen knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore on Saturday in an open-air ceremony at Windsor.

Earlier that day, she attended Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

The nuptials are believed to be the first time the Queen and Philip have attended a family gathering since the lockdown.

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