THE QUEEN and Prince Philip have been pictured arriving at RAF Northolt in London as they prepare to embark on their annual summer holiday to Balmoral in Scotland.
It is the first time the monarch and her husband have been seen outside of Windsor Castle in months, having isolated there during the coronavirus lockdown. The couple were pictured sitting in the backseat of a Land Rover as they bid farewell to Windsor. The Queen wore a grey tweed coat and topped off the look with a classic pearl necklace and matching earrings.
The Duke of Edinburgh opted for a more casual look, pulling a jumper over his unbuttoned shirt.
Her Majesty, 94, and Philip, 99, are expected to take a flight to Scotland from the Air Force base in west London this afternoon.
Their private flight to Aberdeenshire comes four-and-a-half months after the Queen was snapped leaving Buckingham Palace.
She and her husband spent months holed up in Windsor Castle as the coronavirus pandemic spread rapidly across the UK.
The Queen and Prince Philip have been pictured arriving at RAF Northolt (Image: London News Pictures)
The Queen pictured with one of her dogs heading to Windsor Castle in March (Image: GETTY)
They are expected to remain in Scotland until early October.
Balmoral Castle is set in a sprawling 5,000-acre estate.
It was previously reported that staff had isolated for two weeks before travelling up to the royal residence to prepare it for the arrival of the Queen and Philip.
Staff have been told to keep their contact with outsiders to a minimum in order to create a “Balmoral bubble”.
The Queen and Prince Philip will stay at Balmoral Castle until early October (Image: GETTY)
A spokesperson for the palace said: “The Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh plan to move to Balmoral Castle in early August to commence their annual summer stay.
“All arrangements will be in line with the relevant guidelines and advice.”
Priness Eugenie revealed that Balmoral is her grandmother’s favourite residence as she “loves the Highlands”.
The Queen and Prince Philip attended Princess Beatrice’s wedding in July (Image: GETTY)
The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh at Bea’s nuptials (Image: GETTY)
In the documentary Our Queen At Ninety, Eugenie said: “I think Granny is the most happy there.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, along with Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and two-year-old Prince Louis are expected to visit the Queen at Balmoral later this summer.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were also reportedly planning to join the Queen in Balmoral with baby Archie before the pandemic struck but with lockdown measures in place in both the US and UK it is now thought unlikely they will make the trip.
In July the Queen welcomed Captain Sir Tom Moore and his family to the grounds of Windsor Castle to be knighted.
The Queen knights Sir Captain Tom Moore (Image: GETTY)
The 100-year-old World War 2 veteran was pictured chatting to the monarch as she bestowed the top honour on him following his fundraising campaign for NHS charities during the nationwide lockdown.
Captain Sir Tom managed to raise £32.7 million for the worthy causes and was seen as a beacon of hope for Britons during the biggest public health crisis of a generation.
The Queen looked cheerful during what was one of the first times she was seen outside the castle since March.
In June a photo was released showing the monarch riding a horse in the gardens around Windsor Castle.
The Queen pictured in the grounds of Windsor Castle in July (Image: GETTY)
On July 22 Philip was snapped outside the castle during the transfer of the Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles.
The prince has been Colonel-in-Chief of The Rifles since its formation in 2007 and has served as Colonel-in-Chief of successive Regiments which now make up The Rifles since 1953.
He looked healthy and happy as he spoke to members of the infantry regiment of the British Army.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK