Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip currently quarantining inside the Windsor Castle together. However, this is actually very out of the ordinary for them. They typically are away from each other as the Duke of Edinburgh prefers to be away from the Queen. The couple usually lives apart under normal circumstances and reunite during holidays such as Easter.
The 98-year-old typically enjoys spending time at Wood Farm on the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. Philip moved to Wood Farm after retiring in 2017. While there, he enjoys quiet pastimes such as reading or painting watercolors.
Prince Philip prefers to be away from the Queen under normal circumstances
Philip also enjoys being the master of his own time. When he was working on-duty as a member of the Royal Family, he couldn’t be. An old friend also says that he enjoys living life away from the cameras. So, had it not been for the coronavirus outbreak, Philip would likely be at Wood Farm right now enjoying his peace and quiet. But, as lockdown measures continue, that means he will be in Windsor Castle with the Queen. Otherwise, her Majesty does not see Philip very often at all since his retirement.
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His first public statement since his retirement
Prince Philip stepped down in 2017 at the age of 96 after completing 22,219 solo engagements. He is also the patron of 785 organizations and, although he is retired, continues to be associated with those organizations. Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Philip released his first public statement since his retirement.
“As we approach World Immunisation Week, I wanted to recognise the vital and urgent work being done by so many to tackle the pandemic. By those in the medical and scientific professions, at universities and research institutions, all united in working to protect us from COVID-19,” he says.
They still get on well and keep in touch despite being apart
The statement continues, “On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues. The staff and volunteers working in food production and distribution, those keeping postal and delivery services going, and those ensuring the rubbish continues to be collected.”