The 94-year-old Queen plans to return to work at Buckingham Palace in October as she and Prince Philip cut off their Scottish summer vacation for a two-week break in Sandringham
- The 94-year-old Queen and 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh are leaving Balmoral for Sandringham
- The couple arrived at the Scottish estate in August and enjoyed visits from family members
- They usually stay there until early October but will be leaving next week
- The Queen and Prince Philip have been isolated since the lockdown began
The Queen will be back at work at Buckingham Palace in October as she and Prince Philip cut off their Scottish summer holidays for a two-week break in Sandringham.
The 94-year-old monarch and 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh normally stay at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire until next month but will now be leaving earlier, Buckingham Palace said in a statement today.
The palace confirmed that the Queen hopes to be able to resume “selected target groups and engagements” in London in October for the first time since the coronavirus crisis in March.
She and Philip will be leaving Balmoral next week and traveling to Sandringham together for "private time" in Norfolk, where the Duke spends much of his time at Wood Farm.
The Queen will then return to Windsor in October, from where she will travel to Buckingham Palace to work during the day.
The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip (pictured together in Windsor), 99, arrived at Balmoral in early August and have enjoyed family visits over the past few weeks. They will now travel to Sandringham when they leave Balmoral next week, it has been announced
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Balmoral (pictured) in Aberdeenshire in early August and have enjoyed family visits over the past few weeks. Image from a picture agency
In a statement, the palace said: “The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be leaving Balmoral Castle in the week of September 14th to spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate.
Subject to the completion of the autumn program, Her Majesty intends to return to Windsor Castle in October and resume use of Buckingham Palace for selected audiences and engagements.
"These plans are constantly being reviewed and are of course subject to all relevant guidelines and advice."
The Duke of Edinburgh, who spends much of his time on the Sandringham Estate, has yet to confirm his plans.
MailOnline has contacted Buckingham Palace for further details.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Balmoral in Aberdeenshire in early August and have enjoyed family visits over the past few weeks.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will now spend at least two weeks "privately" in Sandringham (picture)
Pictured: The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrive at Balmoral Castle on August 4th
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have spent time on the property, as have Princess Anne and Prince Andrew.
The Queen is reportedly set to make Windsor Castle her main home and no longer reside at Buckingham Palace this year, according to a royal source.
Her Majesty would like to "commute" to London for engagements if it is safe, the Sunday Times reported.
The Queen's absence from Buckingham Palace is believed to be her longest during her 68-year reign.
The Queen usually returned to the premises in October after her summer break at Balmoral.
It is believed that proposals will be considered on how the Queen (pictured in March) can safely attend the commemorations at the cenotaph on Memorial Sunday in November
Instead, she will return to Windsor Castle after her time at Sandringham, where she has been isolated from March 19 before her Scottish vacation with the Duke of Edinburgh.
A royal source said: "There is a desire to restore Buckingham Palace as a functioning palace, but only if all relevant advice indicates that it is appropriate."
It is believed that proposals will be considered on how the Queen can safely attend commemorations at the cenotaph on Memorial Sunday in November.
But Her Majesty will apparently not be returning to Buckingham Palace until the COVID-19 threat is removed.
However, it is believed that the Queen will be spending her usual Christmas break at Sandringham, Norfolk.
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