Queen set for ‘permanent move to Windsor Castle’ to be closer to Philip

The Queen could make a permanent move to Windsor Castle to be closer to Prince Philip following his death, according to reports.

Royal insiders told the Express that Her Majesty is expected to make a permanent move to the 950-year-old Royal fortress at Windsor as she wishes to remain close to her late husband.

An insider said: “The kindest thing to do is to allow her to live where she feels most comfortable.”

The Castle is believed to have always been her favourite residence and she has told sources she is now “most comfortable” living there, the report claims.

The move means Queen Elizabeth II will use Buckingham Palace as more of an office than a home, it adds.

The monarch, who will be 95 next week, has been gradually reducing her duties in her advancing age.

Her time at Windsor had grown from weekends to half the week.

She has spent most of the pandemic at Windsor, with about 20 staff isolating themselves from their own families to be able to serve her.

She will return to official engagements when the two-week period of royal mourning ends on April 22, the day after her birthday.

Royal aides claim Buckingham Palace will become her permanent place of work, however, officials are reluctant to confirm that the Palace will no longer be her primary home.

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Buckingham Palace has been the official London residence of the monarch since 1837.

It is regarded as a powerful symbol of the monarchy, as well as a vital tourist attraction for London.

Half of all visitors to the capital go to see Changing the Guard but mainly visit because it is the Queen’s home.

The Royal Family are expected to be out in force to support the Queen at Philip’s funeral at St George’s Chapel in the Castle on Saturday.

His remains will be interred in the Royal vault beneath the chapel. The Queen and Philip will then ultimately have a lasting ­resting place beside each other in the George VI Memorial Chapel, where the remains of her parents and her sister lie.

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