Having received her first dose of the COVID vaccine, the Queen is now making plans to get back to work as soon as the UK’s national lockdown is lifted. The Queen is said to be keen to resume official duties as soon as government guidelines allow her to safely do so, after spending much of the past year in isolation.
The Queen wanted to publicize the news that she and Prince Philip received the vaccine, to avoid speculation in the press over whether or not they had had the jab. And they will be fully vaccinated by June, when, as the Sunday Times reports, the royal family will reunited at Trooping the Colour to celebrate the Queen’s 95th birthday. Buckingham Palace was forced to cancel all garden parties this summer because of the pandemic, but aides are also hoping that the Queen will be able to attend certain engagements in person later this year as soon as the country is out of lockdown.
“There’s a keenness for Her Majesty to get back to doing what she does best, being visible,” said a well-placed source. “Her belief has always been ‘You have to be seen to be believed’ and that is still very much Her Majesty’s view. She has had to reign from a screen for much of last year, we are all hoping this year will be different.”
Sources have also told Vanity Fair that the Queen does not want a fuss made over her 95th birthday in April (June’s Trooping the Colour is the official celebration). Instead a celebration is being planned for Prince Philip, who turns 100 on June 10th.
“The Queen wants the Duke to be the center of attention in June and for the big celebration for herself to be for her Platinum Jubilee in 2022,” said a second source close to Her Majesty.
Trooping the Colour, which was scaled back to a small ceremony in Windsor last year, is set to be the first royal reunion since the royal family attended Commonwealth Day last March, which was one of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final royal engagement. The Sussexes have said in the past that they will return to Britain for important family occasions, and had planned to be in the UK for Trooping last year. Personal circumstances and COVID-permitting, Vanity Fair has learned that Harry and Meghan may come back to England for an extended summer break in June and July so that they can celebrate their grandparents’ milestone birthdays and the unveiling of the statue of Princess Diana in the summer.
“Their hope is to come back but their travel plans are largely dependent on the pandemic,” said a friend. “They would absolutely want to be back for the Queen’s 95th and the Duke’s 100th birthday and of course for the Diana statue. They always planned to be back in Britain for important events like this.”
Though they are putting down roots in their new home in Montecito, the Sussexes continue to be the principal residents of Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, and will stay at their second home when they return to the UK.
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