Sources are saying that Queen Elizabeth was left “devastated” when she was told that it’s “highly likely” that she’ll never return to Buckingham Palace again in her lifetime, all due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.K. Express reported that while the Queen has been quarantining at Windsor Castle since March due to COVID-19, she has spent most of her life living at Buckingham Palace, so the prospect of never going back there is difficult for the 94-year-old monarch to take in.
“We are hearing rumors that the Queen can never return to Buckingham Palace, that William and Kate will be in there next,” said Kate Thornton of True Royalty TV. “The age and stage she is in life, with Prince Phillip. Is it possible that Charles could succeed the throne?”
Royal expert Tom Quinn dismissed any thought of the Queen abdicating, saying, “She is such a traditionalist, I cannot see her abdicating. She will keep going until she becomes ill or dies.”
Royal expert Dan Wootton discussed how devastating it was for the Queen to learn she most likely will never see Buckingham Palace again.
“It is sad that the Queen cannot go back to Buckingham Palace,” he said. “It is particularly devastating for the Queen, in the twilight years of her life, when she wants to keep working. 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.”
“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,” he continued. “It’s not the same.”
Quinn, however, disagreed and offered a different perspective.
“I suspect she is relieved,” he said. “She is so elderly, I find it so hard to believe she wants to keep such a busy schedule.”
The Queen has spent the past few months in quarantine with her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip, and sources have said that she is trying to make the best of the situation.
“One of the nicest things for the queen is that she is getting to spend more time with her husband than she usually would,” a friend of the monarch’s told Vanity Fair. “They have dinner together in the evenings and I imagine the queen is of the generation where she dresses for dinner. She is riding out every day and is making the most of this time.”
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