Queen's return to Buckingham Palace despite ongoing pandemic is 'symbolically ...

QUEEN ELIZABETH II's return to Buckingham Palace after months in self-isolation will be "symbolically important", a royal expert said.

PUBLISHED: 14:56, Sun, Sep 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 14:57, Sun, Sep 13, 2020

The Queen is to resume engagements at Buckingham Palace in October, for the first time since she stepped out of her London residence on March 19 to self-isolate at Windsor Castle. This return to her office is of significant importance for both the public and the monarch herself, who insiders have often described as eager to return to a life as normal as possible despite the ongoing pandemic, a royal expert noted. 

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Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: "She is in excellent health and reportedly has been riding a good deal.

"There will obviously, owing to the pandemic, be limitations as to what she is able to do for the present, but when she carries out engagements at Buckingham Palace, currently undergoing refurbishment, it is will be symbolically important."

Touching upon the connection between the Crown and the Government, Mr Fitzwilliams added: "It should be emphasised that whilst she has said 'I have to be seen to be believed', she acts on government advice. 

queen news queen elizabeth ii returns buckingham palace coronavirus royal newsThe Queen is to return to Buckingham Palace in October (Image: GETTY)

queen news queen elizabeth ii returns buckingham palace coronavirus royal newsThe Queen has self isolated at Windsor Castle between March and early August (Image: GETTY)

"The Queen will therefore be following Government guidance which is currently urging a return to work where practicable, depending on the circumstances."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson started urging office employees who have been working from home since March to return to their offices if COVID-secure in August.

Asked whether remaining out of the public eye for months has hit the Queen's popularity, Mr Fitzwilliams said: "She remains immensely popular and an indispensable symbol of national unity during this unprecedented crisis." 

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queen news queen elizabeth ii returns buckingham palace coronavirus royal newsThe Queen horse riding at Windsor Great Park (Image: GETTY)

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