Let’s face it, we were all probably slightly worried about Queen Elizabeth in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – she is 93, after all – but there are reports today that she has fled Buckigham Palace for the relative safety of Windsor Castle.

A royal source told UK publication The Sun that she was moved to the castle, on the outskirts of London, out of an abundance of precaution.

“She is in good health but it was thought best to move her. A lot of her staff are a bit panicky over coronavirus. The Palace hosts a constant stream of visitors including politicians and dignitaries from around the world.”

The source continued:

“The Queen has met a lot of people there until recently. But she is weeks away from her 94th birthday and advisers believe it is best to get her out of harm’s way. Buckingham Palace is in the middle of London and also has a bigger staff than other estates so is deemed a much more dangerous location.”

There have reportedly been no “specific scares or positive tests” for coronavirus, but when it comes to the safety of Queen Elizabeth, “no one wants to take any chances.”

If the outbreak worsens, there are reportedly plans to quarantine the monarch and her 98-year-old husband Queen Philip at their rural Sandringham estate.

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