Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip Form a "Balmoral Bubble" for the Summer

Harper's Bazaar Staff
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From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are set to spend the summer at their Balmoral residence as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  • The Sunday Times reported that the couple, who usually spends each summer in Scotland, will form a "Balmoral bubble" with select members of staff.

  • Royal relatives may visit the queen, although will only be permitted to dine with her outdoors, for safety.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are preparing to move to Balmoral for the summer. The couple regularly spends the summer months in their Scottish residence, but 2020 will mark some important changes for the royals.

While the queen and Philip will be safely ensconced on the Balmoral estate, there will be changes implemented when it comes to welcoming visitors. While other members of the royal family would routinely visit the monarch and her husband during the summer months, social distancing will be required for all encounters with the queen and Prince Philip.

The Sunday Times reported, "[The queen] has followed the rules to the letter, shielding from most family and friends for four months but is finally heading for the Highlands."

Detailing the need for a set of important safety measures to be implemented, The Sunday Times revealed, "After self-isolating at Windsor Castle since March, the Queen, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, will move to Balmoral Castle next month for a summer holiday—with a difference."

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Staff will form a "Balmoral bubble" with the queen, with many reportedly transferring from the "Windsor bubble," after working for the monarch throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Sunday Times also noted that Meghan, Harry, and Archie will not make the trip from California to see Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, as there are still many travel restrictions in place. And any royal family members who do visit will not "get close to" the queen, and ensure that social distancing is adhered to at all times.

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