The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are on their way to Balmoral for the start of their summer vacation.
The couple, who have been in isolation at Windsor Castle since March, arrived by car at RAF Northolt in west London this afternoon ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire, where they will stay until early October .
The Queen, 94, looked distinctively stylish in a powder blue jacket and dress as she arrived at the airfield in the back of a chauffeured car. The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, looked dapper in a yellow collared shirt and green sweater.
Shortly after the couple arrived, an Embraer Legacy 600 private jet owned by Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy took off from the airfield. It has not been confirmed whether the Queen and Prince Philip were on board the flight.
A group of royal assistants traveled to the massive 50,000-acre Scottish estate before today to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival.
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The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are on their way to Balmoral for the start of their summer vacation. The couple were seen arriving at RAF Northolt in west London ahead of their flight
The Queen, pictured, arrived at RAF Northolt in the back of a chauffeured car before the flight. She and Prince Philip will stay in Balmoral, Aberdeenshire until early October
Royal stroll? Shortly after the Royal Family arrived at RAF Northolt, an Embraer Legacy 600 G-THFC (Tottenham Hotspur Football Club), pictured, owned by Tottenham President Daniel Levy took off from the airfield. The couple will fly directly to Aberdeenshire, Scotland
A group of assistants have already visited the Scottish royal family home to prepare the castle for the couple’s arrival. The Queen and Philip will stay in the main castle, pictured
It is understood that staff have been quarantined for two weeks in order to minimize the risk of the Queen or Prince Philip, both aged 90, being exposed to Covid-19.
Reports suggest the hand-picked team of Royal aides who will join the couple include Vice Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, master of the house; Sir Edward Young, Private Secretary to the Queen, and Paul Whybrew and William Henderson, her Pages.
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah, his squire; Terry Pendry, her married boss; Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal assistant and her main dresser; Kelly’s Jackie Newbold, PA; and three deputy commissioners will also join, according to the Sunday Times.
Staff are believed to be minimizing contact with those outside the royal household in order to create a ‘Balmoral bubble’ designed to protect the Queen and Prince Philip.
Action will also be taken if members of the royal family come to visit. Typically, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are joined by their children and grandchildren, as well as close friends, throughout the summer vacation.
However, this year all visitors, which typically include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall, and Prince Edward and Countess of Wessex, will likely maintain social distancing on the spot.
The couple, who have been secluding themselves at Windsor Castle since March, traveled by car from Windsor to RAF Northolt, west London, ahead of their private flight to Aberdeenshire.
The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, looked dapper in a yellow collared shirt and green sweater as he traveled in the back of a car for the flight to Aberdeenshire this afternoon.
The Queen looked perfectly made up with a slick of bay-colored lipstick and expertly styled hair when she arrived at the airfield with the Duke of Edinburgh.
Family members will not be staying in the castle with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh as they have in previous years and instead will be staying at other properties on the grounds of the 50,000-acre estate.
They may meet her for outdoor activities, including walks, horseback riding and picnics.
Previous reports suggest that Balmoral staff have been banned from all social activities and that the annual Ghillies Ball has also been canceled due to coronavirus.
An insider told The Mail on Sunday that “crazy” assistants were staying in the New Block, a drab granite building with a dozen rooms outside near the castle.
The insider said, “Without all the normal facilities that make the stay enjoyable for the staff, everyone says it’s like being in Colditz, the prisoner of war camp.
“This is the mission to hell because there is absolutely nothing people can do. The social club remains closed and the staff bar closed. With so little to do, they go crazy.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh are scheduled to visit Balmoral today for the start of their summer vacation. Pictured are the couple in June at Windsor Castle
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have been isolated at Windsor Castle with a reduced household since March 19. Pictured are the quiet streets around Windsor last month
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have been isolated at Windsor Castle with a reduced household since March 19.
Although she was unable to complete many of the engagements in person, the Queen remained active in her royal duties, taking part in meetings via video conference and conducting her weekly audience with the Prime Minister by telephone.
Meanwhile, the Duke of Edinburgh recently came out of retirement to perform a long-distance royal engagement with his daughter-in-law the Duchess of Cornwall, who remained in Gloucestershire.
The couple were recently seen together at the wedding of their granddaughter, Princess Beatrice, 31, and property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, who married in secret on July 17 at the Chapel of All Saints, in Windsor.
On the same day, the Queen knighted Colonel Sir Tom Moore, 100, in recognition of his extraordinary fundraising efforts.
At one point, there were concerns that Covid-19 travel restrictions would sabotage the Queen’s annual summer getaway.