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Prince Philip beams as he leaves Balmoral and heads on holiday with Queen

Prince Philip waved to photographers as he was driven out of Balmoral Castle on his way to a two-week holiday with the Queen.

The couple are leaving Scotland and heading to Sandringham today, where they will spend a fortnight before making their way back to Windsor.

The Duke, who was smiling broadly, was sitting in the back seat of the car wearing a dark blue jacket over a yellow shirt.

Even though he has retired from public life, he has been photographed a number of times during lockdown, including in one of the official pictures from Princess Beatrice’s secret wedding.

The Queen and Prince Philip always spend the summer in Balmoral and enjoy visits from other members of the royal family.

This year, Princess Eugenie and the Cambridge family were among their guests, and they all enjoyed catching up after being separated by the pandemic lockdown.

However, the couple had to change their summer plans slightly this year as they continue to protect themselves from Covid.

After their break, the Queen would normally go back to Buckingham Palace, which was her permanent base, while Philip went back to Sandringham where he lives for most of the year.

But the Monarch has decided to make Windsor her home for the foreseeable future, and will only return to London when it is safe for her to do so due to Covid risks.

However, there have been reports that they don’t have enough employees to create two ‘staff Covid bubbles’ so Phil will have to go to with her rather than staying in Norfolk, the Sun reported.

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But as a compromise, the couple will spend two weeks in Sandringham before going back to Windsor.

A source told the Sun : “Philip didn’t want to go to  Balmoral  and doesn’t want to go to Windsor.

“But there is not enough staff to make two bubbles so he is being made to go.

“It makes far more sense to keep them together.”

The Queen left Buckingham Palace in March, a few days before England was put into lockdown, in March and Philip left Sandringham to join her there.

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