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The Queen will adopt Windsor Castle as her primary residence and won't be back at Buckingham Palace at all this year, according to reports.
Her Majesty was moved from London to Berkshire in March this year as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
At 94 and 99 respectively, the Queen and Prince Philip qualify for the "at risk" segment of the population for whom Covid-19 is more likely to be life-threatening, so the decision was made to move them away from what was then the epicentre of the outbreak.
The Queen is currently enjoying her traditional summer break in Balmoral, but it's believed she won't return to Buckingham Palace once the holiday is over.
Instead she will go back to Windsor and won't return to London until it's safe, a royal source told Mail Online.
"There is a desire to get Buckingham Palace up and running again as a working palace, but only if all the relevant advice suggests that it is appropriate to do so," they said.
It's believed her absence from Buckingham Palace will be the longest of her 68-year reign.
Her Majesty would like the opportunity to "commute" to London for royal engagements, but only once the threat of Covid-19 has eased sufficiently, the Sunday Times reports.
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Proposals are reportedly under review for how she might be able to safely attend the ceremony at the Cenotaph for Remembrance Sunday this November.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton believes the Queen may never be able to return to her regular duties.
"It's terribly sad but I can't see how the Queen can resume her usual job," he told The Sun in May.
"The Covid-19 virus isn't going away soon and will be with us for months, if not years.
"It would be far too risky for the Queen to start meeting people on a regular basis."
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Reports suggest Her Majesty is "devastated" at the prospect of never living in the Palace again.
"We are hearing rumours that the Queen can never return to Buckingham Palace, that William and Kate will be in there next, the age and stage she is in life, with Prince Phillip," Kate Thornton, from True Royalty TV, said recently.
"Is it possible that Charles could succeed the throne?"
Dan Wootton, executive editor of The Sun, commented on how "sad" it was that it's "highly likely" Her Majesty has left Buckingham Palace for the last time.
"It is particularly devastating for the Queen, in the twilight years of her life, when she wants to keep working," he told True Royalty TV.
"So many things that she loves to do have been taken away from her. She does not want to stay essentially a prisoner at Windsor Castle.
"It is highly likely that the Queen will not live at Buckingham Palace again."
He added: "It is true that she much prefers Balmoral and Windsor Castle but it's about the fact that she can't do the work she wants to do from there. It's not the same."
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