Prince Philip has been helicoptered to Windsor Castle to join the Queen in “self isolation” as the coronavirus outbreak grips the UK.
The Duke of Edinburgh has flown from his Wood Farm home in Sandringham to the royal residence in Berkshire to be with Her Majesty.
The Queen had left her Buckingham Palace home in central London today to move into Windsor for the foreseeable future amid the Covid-19 crisis.
She had already planned to stay in Windsor for Easter as she does every year, but has left a week earlier than usual and has no plans yet to return to London due to the outbreak.
The 93-year-old monarch was pictured leaving the Palace in a Land Rover with her corgi dogs sitting next to her.
And now it has emerged Philip has also today left Wood Farm, where he has been spending his retirement, to join his wife as they reportedly prepare to effectively “self isolate”.
Rebecca English, the Daily Mail’s royal correspondent, said Philip had not initially planned to go to Windsor and that he hadn’t seen his wife since February.
She said: “It is understood that Philip arrived by helicopter to be reunited with his wife, whom he hasn’t seen since early February.
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“Insiders say he hadn’t planned to move initially, but with the growing #coronavirus crisis, it wasn’t clear when they would get to see each other again.”
Buckingham Palace had announced the earlier this week that the Queen would be moving to Windsor as “a sensible precaution”.
It said in a statement: As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, a number of changes are being made to The Queen’s diary."
It added: "Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19th March, one week earlier than planned.
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"It is likely The Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period."
The move comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all people over 70 or with underlying health conditions to self-isolate for 12 weeks.
The virus gripping Britain has so far killed 104 people and is feared to have infected around 50,000.
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