The Queen of England will come out of lockdown and return to work at Buckingham Palace next month, it has been confirmed.
The monarch, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, will depart Balmoral Castle during the week commencing on September 14.
Initially, they will spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate, Buckingham Palace said.
Her Majesty then plans to return to Windsor Castle and resume the use of Buckingham Palace for official engagements in October.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will depart Balmoral Castle during the week commencing September 14 to spend time privately on the Sandringham Estate.
“Subject to the finalisation of the autumn programme, Her Majesty’s intention is to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace for selected Audiences and engagements.
BACK TO WORK
“These plans will be kept under review and will of course be subject to all relevant guidance and advice.”
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Balmoral, in Aberdeenshire, at the start of August and have enjoyed visits from family in the weeks since.
Before going to Scotland, they were protected for months during lockdown at Windsor Castle by a ring-of-steel dubbed HMS Bubble.
Her 24 servants were split into two teams of 12 who worked three weeks on, three weeks off, at the height of the pandemic.