Queen Elizabeth has reunited with Prince Philip amid growing health concerns about the Duke of Edinburgh. Her Majesty left Buckingham Palace at the end of the week as a precaution against the spread of the novel coronavirus. While the entire UK bunkers down over the COVID-19 pandemic, Buckingham Palace has assured royal watchers that Prince Philip is doing “absolutely fine.”
Queen Elizabeth adjusts her schedule
Every year, Queen Elizabeth travels to Windsor Castle to spend Easter break at her Berkshire home. But in light of the coronavirus crisis, Her Majesty left Buckingham Palace a week before her scheduled break.
Queen Elizabeth received private guests earlier in the week before leaving for Windsor Castle on Thursday. She is expected to greatly reduce her staff at Windsor as a precaution against the virus.
This week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked all citizens in the UK, especially those over the age of 70, to remain home and only travel when it is essential.
Health experts have warned that the elderly population is at a higher risk of complications from the coronavirus, as well as people with underlying health issues. With Queen Elizabeth turning 94 next month and Philip on the verge of turning 98, they are both in this high-risk group.
Prince Philip reunites with Queen Elizabeth
Amid growing health concerns, the Duke of Edinburgh flew to Windsor Castle to reunite with Queen Elizabeth. According to Metro, Philip took a helicopter to the couple’s Berkshire home and had been previously staying at their estate in Sandringham.
Philip was not planning on making the trip to Windsor but was unsure when he would see Queen Elizabeth next. The two have been apart since February, and as the coronavirus outbreak continues to escalate, it could have been months before they reunited.
The Duke of Edinburgh retired from his royal post three years ago. He spends the vast majority of his time at the Sandringham estate and is rarely seen in public.
Queen Elizabeth, meanwhile, was spotted leaving Buckingham Palace on Thursday. Her Majesty was accompanied by one of her adorable dorgis and left after her final round of private meetings.
Prince Philip reportedly ‘absolutely fine’
The latest news on Philip comes amid growing concerns about his health. According to ET Canada, rumors recently surfaced that Philip had succumbed to the coronavirus, reports that Buckingham Palace quickly shut down.
“Source close to Buckingham Palace tells me he’s absolutely fine,” the editor of Telegraph, Gareth Davies, revealed. “I don’t know what would possess someone to start a lie like that, but stop.”
Inside sources close to the royal family assured fans that Philip’s health is good and that he has not experienced anything unusual in the past few weeks.
At the age of 98, Philip’s health is an ongoing concern for the royals. He has experienced a number of scares over the past few years, though it sounds like he is in good spirits at the moment.
We do not know how long Philip and Queen Elizabeth will remain at Windsor Castle. They are expected to remain in self-isolation for several weeks, and that could change depending on what happens with the outbreak.
Either way, royal watchers should expect Queen Elizabeth to stay out of the public eye for the next month or so.
Prince William and Kate Middleton offer their support
With the royals protecting Her Majesty and Prince Charles, who is in his 70s, Prince William and Kate Middleton are expected to increase their responsibilities in the coming weeks.
To that end, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge recently released a statement on behalf of Buckingham Palace, informing the public of Queen Elizabeth’s latest move.
“As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty. We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them,” the statement explained.
Multiple members of the royal family have already canceled future public engagements. This includes Queen Elizabeth and Charles, who was scheduled to visit Jordan and the Republic of Cyprus with his wife, Camilla Parker Bowles.
It is unclear if the cancelations will extend into the summer, but we should learn more in the coming weeks.
William is currently second in line to the throne, following Prince Charles. He has not commented on his increased role in the monarchy or acting as a placeholder for Queen Elizabeth during the coronavirus crisis. He did, however, recently release a statement on the matter encouraging people in the UK to stay safe.