The queen plans to return to public office “as soon as she can” and plans to “work harder than ever” after being quarantined at Windsor Castle, sources said.
Her Majesty, 94, who has suspended all public commitments, is said to be in “excellent spirits” during her quarantine while living with her husband, Prince Philip, 98, at Windsor Castle.
Sources close to the royal told Katie Nicholl of Vanity Fair that after an eventful start to the year, the queen wants the royal family to show a united front and rely on what she calls her “surrogates”, including including Prince Charles, 71, Camilla, 72, Prince William, 37, and Kate Middleton, 38.
A friend revealed that the queen “rides every day” and “takes advantage of time” in quarantine, explaining: “One of the most beautiful things for the queen is that she spends more time with her husband than she does would usually do. They have dinner together in the evening and I imagine that the queen is of the generation where she dresses for dinner.
Queen, 94, rides every day and “makes the most of her time in quarantine”, but is determined to return to public office and “to work harder than ever”, royal sources say
According to a source, while the queen would not be seen as going against government advice, she was “anxious to get back to normal” during the coronavirus crisis.
The royal thinks it’s “a delicate line,” added the source, before explaining: “I think we will see her do private hearings again and more of the work than we are used to seeing her do.” in public at some point in the future. ”
During this time, they explained how the royal still received her red cards from the government and had a weekly audience with the Prime Minister.
The source added that she “performs her duties as head of state a lot.”
Sources said the royal was spending time with Prince Philip while quarantining himself at Windsor Castle
Meanwhile, the royal would also have been “frustrated” that spring and summer events, such as Trooping the Color, had been canceled.
But, having left Buckingham Palace in March, she plans to return to her London residence as soon as possible safely.
And although the events of spring and summer may have been canceled, it is understood that events have been scheduled for the Queen in the fall.
A second source said there was “a will” on the part of the Queen to return to the kind of work she had always done.
Queen and Prince Philip currently isolate together at Windsor Castle during coronavirus pandemic
The source said, “The Queen plans to return to work and when she does, I think we will see her work harder than ever. “
Despite her determination to return to normality, the Queen would make the most of her stay at Windsor Castle with Prince Philip.
A friend added that one of the “nicest things” for the queen was spending more time with her husband, who usually lives in Sandringham.
The comments come after royal biographer Andrew Morton, 66, told The Sun that he feared the Queen could never return to regular duties and that she would most likely be seen on television or video links rather than ‘in public.
Queen would be “frustrated” that spring and summer events such as Trooping the Color were canceled
He told the newspaper, “It is terribly sad, but I do not see how the Queen can resume her usual work. “
Earlier this month, The Sunday Times announced that Buckingham Palace will be closed for the summer for the first time in 27 years, with events like Trooping the Color and Her Majesty’s garden parties canceled. .
It is believed to be the 94-year-old monarch’s longest absence from official office during her 68-year reign, with her calendar not expected to resume until the fall at the earliest.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have been isolated there with a reduced household since March 19. The monarch generally returns from Windsor to his central London residence in May before his annual break at Balmoral in July, which is also not expected to continue.