Queen returns to Windsor Castle as Prince Phillip stays at Sandringham

Luke O'Reilly
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Queen Elizabeth II has returned to Windsor Castle after her stay at Sandringham: PA
Queen Elizabeth II has returned to Windsor Castle after her stay at Sandringham: PA

The Queen has returned to Windsor Castle after spending a number of weeks with the Duke of Edinburgh at Sandringham.

The royal couple had previously quarantined together at Windsor, before moving to Balmoral and then Sandringham. Philip, 99, will remain at the Norfolk estate.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the monarch, 94, arrived on Tuesday at the Berkshire royal residence, where she retreated in March for her safety ahead of lockdown.

Philip, 99, has spent much of his retirement so far at his cottage Wood Farm in the sanctuary of the Sandringham estate.

The pair will have been married for 73 years next month (AP)
The pair will have been married for 73 years next month (AP)

Tuesday’s Court Circular – the daily list of royal engagements, published on Wednesday – cited Windsor Castle as the current residence of the royal court.

Buckingham Palace said at the start of the month that the Queen’s intention was to return to Windsor Castle in October.

It added that she planned to “resume the use of Buckingham Palace during an autumn programme of audiences and engagements, in line with all relevant guidance and advice”.

Philip has spent much of his retirement at Sandringham (AP)
Philip has spent much of his retirement at Sandringham (AP)

The Queen and Philip, who will have been married for 73 years next month, spent more time under the same roof during lockdown than they had for many years.

Royal commentators described it as a chance for them to reconnect and the “perfect royal cocooning”.

Philip has mostly been in his Norfolk sanctuary since he retired in 2017, while the Queen was usually more than 100 miles away at Buckingham Palace or at Windsor carrying out her duties as head of state.