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The Queen and Prince Philip are ‘closer than ever’ since lockdown

The royals self-isolated together for five months

The Queen and Prince Philip are reportedly “closer than ever” due to lockdown.

The monarch, 94, and Duke of Edinburgh, 99, spent months together in lockdown as they sheltered from coronavirus.

As seniors, they both were advised to self-isolate and protect themselves from the deadly virus.

And a royal expert says that this time together has only further solidified their close bond.

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The Queen and Prince Philip have been married for over 70 years (Credit: Splash News)

Philip Eade, author of Young Prince Philip: His Turbulent Early Life, said this has been “their longest uninterrupted stint under one roof since anyone can remember”.

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He added to The Telegraph: “Conceivably the longest since the very early days of their marriage, in 1947, when the Queen told her mother how entirely at ease they felt together on honeymoon at Lord Mountbatten’s Hampshire lodge, Broadlands.”

They have been able to relax and finally have the chance to live like regular people aged in their 90s should be able to.

Although the couple have been married for more than 70 years, their busy royal schedules have often held them apart.

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And Philip has mainly stayed out of the royal spotlight since he retired in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Queen has continually adhered to a busy royal rota.

A source told The Sun that their time in isolation was nicknamed “HMS Bubble” by royal aides.

And that they were finally able to enjoy normal life.

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Prince Philip celebrated his 99th birthday in lockdown (Credit: Splash News)

The source said: “Obviously [The Queen] she has been gravely worried about the nation during the pandemic, but those around her have seen how amazing they have been together.

“They have been able to relax and finally have the chance to live like regular people aged in their 90s should be able to.”

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Self-isolating at Windsor Castle, they were catered to by 22 staff, who also stuck to strict self-isolating instructions.

However, the Queen and Philip still remained committed to their royal duties.

Prince Philip wrote a heartfelt letter of support to essential workers during the pandemic.

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The Queen and Prince Philip are now at their summer residence, Balmoral, Scotland (Credit: Splash News)

He also transferred his role as Colonel-In-Chief of the Riffles to the Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen partook in various charitable Zoom calls and addressed the nation in a television speech.

She also knighted NHS hero Captain Tom Moore.

They only left the confines of the castle last week, when they were finally able to fly to Balmoral.

Now at the summer residence, it is predicted that their family members may gradually be permitted to visit them.

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