Could Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Be Living Under the Same Roof Again Soon?

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been married for more than 70 years, but their secret to such a long marriage certainly isn’t living together because they haven’t done that in years.

In 2017, upon his retirement, Her Majesty’s husband moved more than 100 miles from the hustle and bustle of London. These days, the pair gets to see each other when they can but many royal fans have wondered if there’s a chance they will ever live under the same roof again. Read on to find out if that’s a possibility and how they make their long-distance relationship work.

Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II | Tim Graham/Getty Images

Where the queen lives now and where Prince Philip lives now?

Since he retired from royal duties, Prince Philip has been living at Wood Farm Cottage located in Norfolk on the Sandringham estate. However, the queen still spends the bulk of her time at Buckingham Palace, which is the official working residence of the monarch.

After news broke that the Duke of Edinburgh had moved out of the London palace and retreated to Norfolk, royal aides immediately let the public know things were fine between the couple. And, several sources revealed that the arrangement works for them because they still see one another.

“[Philip] very much enjoys Wood Farm, and he and the queen still see each other at some point in the week or weekends,” an insider said. “They see each other depending on Her Majesty’s schedule, but she works around it to see him as much as possible.”

What has to happen for them to live together again?

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip | Chris Jackson-Pool/Getty Images

In their advanced years, most people figured the royal family matriarch and patriarch would want to spend as much time as they can with each other. So the million-dollar question is: Will they move back in together at some point? Well, any possibility of that is very slim unless one of two unlikely things happen.

Because Philip is very content being in Norfolk and has no plans to go back to London, Her Majesty would have to retire and leave her working residence.

Royal experts agree the only way that will happen is if a health ailment or something of that nature forces her to. In fact, when she was 21 years old, Queen Elizabeth made this promise during a radio broadcast: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

The only other way to get the queen out of the palace she’s lived in most of her life is if she’s still around when the renovations start, at which point she’ll have to move. Those, however, aren’t set to begin until April 2025 which would put Queen Elizabeth at 99 years old and her spouse at 103.

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