Why the Queen rarely visits Buckingham Palace

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II lives at Windsor Castle

Rachel Avery

The Queen is currently enjoying her annual summer break at Balmoral, and after that, it is believed that she will return to Windsor Castle, where she has been living for most of the pandemic.

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Her Majesty has only visited Buckingham Palace on a few occasions over the past year and a half, including the Opening of State Parliament and Remembrance Sunday, and The Daily Mail have even reported that she will now permanently reside at Windsor Castle. While there are a few different reasons why the monarch would make this huge decision, it could well be because she never wanted to live at the royal palace in the first place…

As reported by royal biographer Penny Junor in her book The Firm, the Queen wanted to remain living at Clarence House after her father's death, but it was Sir Winston Churchill who pushed the move to Buckingham Palace.

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It reads: "None of them wanted to go. They loved Clarence House; it was a family home, but Winston Churchill, who was then Prime Minister, insisted upon it."

The Queen's unhappiness with moving from her first marital home to Buckingham Palace was also depicted in the Netflix show, The Crown.

The monarch is clearly very fond of Windsor Castle which boasts 484,000 square feet of space and 1000 rooms, as she chose to spend the majority of the coronavirus pandemic at the 900-year-old property along with the 'HMS bubble' of 22 staff members.


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The castle was also where her husband the Duke of Edinburgh spent the last of his days, and according to The Telegraph these were enjoyed with a blanket on his lap and the sun on his face.

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It is believed Her Majesty will still spend the festive period at Sandringham, but it is reported that royal staff have been told that Windsor Castle will be known as her permanent home moving forward.


The Duke of Edinburgh stayed at Windsor Castle before he passed away in April

The 95-year-old monarch will now use Buckingham Palace less frequently, choosing to only visit for important London meetings. The pandemic has illuminated the possibility for Her Majesty to communicate virtually though, so we may see royal video calls continue.

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