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QUEEN ELIZABETH II returned to Windsor Castle on Tuesday after spending a few weeks in the company of her husband Prince Philip at Sandringham.

PUBLISHED: 09:16, Wed, Oct 7, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:30, Wed, Oct 7, 2020

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The Queen returned to Windsor Castle to resume her work after a two-month-long summer break, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. Prince Philip remained in Sandringham, which has become his main residence since retiring from royal duties. An entry in the Court Circular, the official register where the Royal Family records its official engagements, also confirmed the monarch's return to Berkshire, saying the Queen's Lord-Lieutenant of Essex welcomed the president of Ukraine and his wife to Stansted Airport on behalf of the sovereign. 


This event dated October 6 was recorded under the Windsor Castle household, confirming the monarch has once again taken residence in Berkshire. 

The entry reads: "Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst (Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Essex) was present at Stansted Airport, London, this evening upon the Arrival of The President of Ukraine and Mrs Zelenska and welcomed Their Excellencies on behalf of The Queen." 

Highlighting this entry in the Court Circular, royal expert Joe Little wrote on Twitter: "The Queen has returned to Windsor Castle after her sojourn on the Sandringham Estate." 

The Queen spent the first five months of the coronavirus pandemic at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip.  

queen news queen elizabeth ii returns windsor castle pictures royal events royal newsThe Queen appears to have returned to Windsor Castle (Image: GETTY)

queen news queen elizabeth ii returns windsor castle pictures royal events royal newsThe Queen's staff has cancelled all the ceremonies and receptions planned for 2020 at Buckingham Palace (Image: GETTY)

The pair arrived in Berkshire together on March 19, after the monarch completed her last private audiences at Buckingham Palace. 

From there, the Queen continued to hold a weekly meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, albeit via phone rather than in person, and to receive the Government's red box.

Marking a royal first, the monarch even took part in an engagement via video link and spoke to carers and a representative at the Carers Trust.

Most notably, while in Windsor the monarch delivered two poignant speeches to the country, one in April to urge Britons to be strong at the height of the first wave of COVID-19 infections and one in May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

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queen news queen elizabeth ii returns windsor castle pictures royal events royal newsPrince Philip standing down as Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles (Image: GETTY)

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