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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are leaving Balmoral Castle, their residence in a remote Scottish Highlands, this week to spend about a month at their Sandringham mansion before the Queen returns to Windsor Castle in October, Buckingham Palace told the United States today.

The royals “will spend time alone at the Sandringham mansion” in Norfolk, England, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Monday morning, noting that their schedule “depends on the completion of the autumn program”.

The queen and her husband were staying at Balmoral, the royal family’s usual summer residence, after spending most of their time in quarantine for coronavirus since mid-March at Windsor Castle, near London. Guided tours of the Balmoral, open to the public, begin on October 3, according to the castle’s official website.

Subject to “all appropriate guidance and advice”, the Queen intends to return to Windsor next month and will “resume use of Buckingham Palace for select audiences and engagements”.

Under normal circumstances, the Queen spends only about a third of her time during the year at Buckingham Palace, dividing her time between London Palace and Windsor Castle, where she usually spends weekends. The royal family spends Christmas in Sandringham and sometimes visits throughout the year.

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Queen Elizabeth has made several public appearances amid the cessation of the coronavirus, although, like her children and grandchildren, she has entered the world of virtual augmentation engagements.

She and Prince Philip appeared in socially remote wedding photos with Princess Beatrice, who married Edoardo Mapelli Motzi in July at a small family ceremony in Windsor after their initial wedding date in May was postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

Later that month, Prince Philip made a five-minute appearance in front of Windsor Castle for the ceremonial handover of his role as colonel in the Rifle Regiment to his daughter-in-law, Duchess Camilla of Cornwall.

New photos of the queen and her husband were released in June before Philip’s 99th birthday on June 10, which they celebrated discreetly at Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth, who turned 94 in April, also had a reduced celebration in Windsor in June, when her birthday is usually celebrated with Trooping the Color. This year, she celebrated her official birthday with a reduced celebration, including a military ceremony in her first official public appearance since the imposition of locking measures in March.

In May, the palace released photos of the 94-year-old queen’s first public appearance since she quarantined riding Fern, her 14-year-old pony Fell and skirting a protective helmet.

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