The Queen and Prince Philip take an early vacation to Balmoral, but visitors cannot get close to her
The Queen and Prince Philip move to Balmoral early for a socially distant summer vacation with her family – which can’t come close to her
- Queen and Duke of Edinburgh hope to go to Scotland early next month
- Bubble of staff will protect her while the UK’s Coronavirus lock continues
- It means that visitors and family have to stay on the ground in other buildings
- Buckingham Palace would not be drawn insisting that Balmoral was ‘private time’
The Queen and Prince Philip will move to Balmoral early for a socially distant summer vacation with her family, who will be staying in separate buildings so that she can be protected from coronavirus.
Her Majesty, 94, had been self-insulating at Windsor Castle for the past four months, but has now decided to change the environment.
She and the Duke of Edinburgh will head to the Highlands for the break next month, but will impose and follow strict rules.
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh had been self-insulating when closed at Windsor Castle
The Royal Couple will soon be leaving for Balmoral where they will stay for the rest of the summer
Although other members of her family will join the traditional summer gathering this time around, they won’t be able to get close to the frost.
When they reach the 50,000 acre estate in Aberdeenshire, she will not host them in the castle, but will reside in other premises on the property.
They will be able to meet her for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding and picnics.
A source said that a ‘Balmoral bubble’ of personnel some will count will join the Queen and Philip.
The Royals at Balmoral in 2003, with their dogs on the property
They were on holiday in Balmoral in 1960, with the Queen, Prince Philip and their children, Prince Charles, right, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew, seen here
The queen had isolated herself at Windsor Castle and had to interview the Prime Minister by phone when the corona virus spread across the UK
They included Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the household; Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her pages.
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, her stable mate; Terry Pendry, her head bridegroom; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her senior dresser; Jackie Newbold, Kelly’s PA; and three assistant dressers will, according to The Sunday Times.
During the past 68 years of her reign, the Queen has taken a 12-week break in Balmoral.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh have been isolated at Windsor Castle since the lock began in March.
The Queen rides on Balmoral Fern, named after the famous Royals’ Scottish residence
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall have recently moved from Birkhall, on the Balmoral estate, to their London home, Clarence House, as they lead the royal family back to public obligations after closure.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge remain in Anmer Hall, Norfolk, with their three children, Prince George, six, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two.
Buckingham Palace said, “Balmoral is a private time and we would not comment on plans or arrangements.”