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The Queen may never live in Buckingham Palace again. Image: AFP.

Royal update: Why the Queen may never live in Buckingham Palace again!

Buckingham Palace is known as the official residence and administrative headquarters of the Queen. Here’s why she may never live there again.

Buckingham Palace

The Queen may never live in Buckingham Palace again. Image: AFP.

Queen Elizabeth II has many places to call home but it is unlikely that she will return to the most famous – Buckingham Palace according to a report by The Sunday Times on 6 March. 


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 Queen Elizabeth II has been living at Windsor Castle, in the English county of Berkshire. The Sunday Times reports that the Queen is making Windsor Castle her permanent home and she would not be returning to Buckingham Palace as her residence. 

Windsor Castle was previously the Queen’s weekend home. She would also spend Easter and Royal Ascot week in June at the castle. 

However, the Queen is carrying out different engagements and official duties. So, a source tells People that Buckingham Palace will still be the central base of the monarchy.

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The Times reports that Queen Elizabeth II has become comfortable at the castle where she has been isolating with the her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh. This is also where she shared her last memories with Prince Phillip until he passed away on 9 April 2021.

“Windsor is the place she loves. She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby. It makes sense,” said Hugo Vickers, a royal author to the publication.

The Queen may be comfortable at Windsor Castle but the renovations at Buckingham Palace may also be one of the reasons the 95-year-old monarch has relocated. Initially, the royal intended to remain at Buckingham Palace through the 10-year refurbishment. 

The renovations were expected to cost a whopping $500 million which equates to R7.6 billion. The palace has served at the royal family’s official residence since 1837. The palace has 775 rooms including, 

  • 19 State rooms
  • 52 Royal and guest bedrooms
  • 188 staff bedrooms
  • 92 offices
  • 78 bathrooms

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