What the Queen has been up to in coronavirus lockdown

By Heather Cichowski

The Queen and Prince Philip are isolating at Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic, where they will reportedly remain for the foreseeable future.

Like all of us, Her Majesty has had to adjust to a new normal. On March 19, she was moved to Windsor Castle – a week earlier than her traditional Easter schedule. The Duke of Edinburgh was flown by helicopter from Wood Farm in Sandringham to Windsor, according to HELLO! UK.

Instead of returning to London as she typically would, the 94-year-old has remained in Windsor, in line with COVID-19 lockdown guidelines in the United Kingdom.

On March 19, the Queen was photographed departing Buckingham Palace via car, accompanied by one of her beloved dogs. Photo: © Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images

In this time, the Queen has been keeping busy both in terms of her role as monarch and personally.

According to reports, Her Majesty is "in excellent spirits." A source told Vanity Fair being with Philip is one of the bright spots in this situation.

"One of the nicest things for the Queen is that she is getting to spend more time with her husband than she usually would," she source said.

Hello! The Queen and Prince Philip on horseback in Windsor Great Park, stopped for a chat in May 1971. A young Prince Edward is on the right. Photo: © Mike Lawn/Keystone/Getty Images

"They have dinner together in the evenings and I imagine the Queen is of the generation where she dresses for dinner."

The couple must be very happy to be spending time together, even if they are not with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It must be all the more meaningful since the Duke of Edinburgh spent part of December in the hospital. He was discharged just in time for Christmas.

It is also said Elizabeth is enjoying one of her favourite pastimes: horses. Royal correspondent Katie Nicholl reported that the great-grandmother is riding daily!

MORE: 'Our streets are not empty': The Queen makes moving speech marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day

Royals fans have gotten a glimpse of some of Her Majesty's COVID-19 activities thanks to her appearances and addresses to the nation.

The Queen gave a moving speech to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from Windsor Castle. Photo: © BUCKINGHAM PALACE HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

On May 8 at 9 p.m. BST, the exact same time her father, the late King George VI, spoke to announce Germany's surrender on May 8, 1945, the nonagenarian gave an emotional speech marking the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

It was the 94-year-old's second address to the Commonwealth in just over a month. The Queen made a special broadcast on April 5. In it, which she spoke about the coronavirus and the difficulty ahead, but offered words of encouragement and unity on how we will overcome it.

The Queen also participated in a tribute for International Nurses Day on May 12 that included many members of the Royal Family. The monarch can be heard at the start of the video in a telephone call to medical staff. She acknowledged nurses have had "quite an important part to play recently" in light of COVID-19.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 4.4 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 188 countries and regions. The illness has killed more than 300,000 people worldwide, but more than 1.5 million people have recovered from it so far.

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