Queen Elizabeth II moved out of Buckingham Palace: report

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Queen Elizabeth II moved out of Buckingham Palace: report

Queen Elizabeth II has permanently quit living in Buckingham Palace, according to a report.

The 95-year-old UK monarch, who called the palace home for most of her record-breaking 70-year reign, has decided to permanently reside in her weekend home, Windsor Castle, according to The Times of London.

The decision was based partly on an ongoing “reservicing” of the palace — but also Elizabeth’s preference for the castle, where she spent her last days with late husband Prince Philip, sources told the paper.

“Windsor is the place she loves,” one of her acquaintances, royal author and deputy lord lieutenant of Berkshire, Hugo Vickers, told the UK Times.

Queen Elizabeth II on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth II will be moving out of Buckingham Palace.
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Queen Elizabeth Ll Smiling And Waving From The Balcony Of Buckingham Palace With Her Husband, Prince Philip (duke Of Edinburgh)
Queen Elizabeth’s prefers the castle, where she spent her last days with late husband Prince Philip.
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“She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby. It makes sense.”

The decision comes after a series of health scares for the queen, who on Monday met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle — in her first in-person engagement since falling ill with Covid-19.

In October, she also spent a night in hospital for an unspecified ailment, scaling back her official duties and resting afterward on doctors’ orders.

Queen Elizabeth II, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour, the Queen's annual birthday parade, on June 08, 2019 in London, England.
The decision was based partly on an ongoing “reservicing” of Buckingham Palace.
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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Prince George, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace following the Trooping the Colour ceremony to mark the Queen's official 90th Birthday on June 11, 2016 in London, England. (
Queen Elizabeth has called Buckingham Palace home for most of her record-breaking 70-year reign.
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She had moved to Windsor with Philip in what was supposed to be a temporary stretch during lockdown. Philip died in April, aged 99.

The queen is closer to key family members there, however — including her scandal-scarred middle son Prince Andrew, who lives with ex-wife Sarah Ferguson on the Windsor estate.

Her decision means her eldest son, Prince Charles, 73, will likely be the next resident of the palace when he becomes King, the paper noted.

King George and Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth (centre) and Margaret (1930 - 2002) and members of the extended Royal Family in full Coronation regalia on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their Coronation ceremony.
King George and Queen Elizabeth with Princesses Elizabeth, center, and Margaret on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their Coronation ceremony.
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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of their coronation, Buckingham Palace, 1953.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the day of their coronation, Buckingham Palace, 1953.
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Charles is also known to prefer his London home, Clarence House — but has conceded that the palace should remain “monarchy HQ” once he ascends the throne, the UK Times said, noting his plans to also allow greater public access.

On Monday, the queen, wearing a patterned dress, greeted Trudeau at Windsor Castle without the walking stick she has been using.

Although visibly frailer, she appeared smiling and laughing after the pair shook hands.

The future Queen Elizabeth II waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, with her younger sister Margaret and her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary, on the occasion of their Silver Jubilee, 6th May 1935.
Queen Elizabeth II waving from the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London, with her younger sister Margaret and her grandparents King George V and Queen Mary, on the occasion of their Silver Jubilee, May 6, 1935.
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Queen Elizabeth II waves to the audience from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for her birthday, on April 21, 1956 in London, with Prince Philip, duc of Edinburgh (R), Princess Margaret (L), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (2ndL), Charles, Prince of Wales (front,3rdL) and Anne, Princess Royal (2ndR).
Queen Elizabeth II waves to the audience from the balcony of Buckingham Palace for her birthday on April 21, 1956.
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Her eldest son and heir, Prince Charles, told members of the public on a royal visit last week that she was now feeling “a lot better.”

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