Princess Anne is, reportedly, the only royal allowed near Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in Balmoral this summer. The monarch and her husband will still be under a highly protected environment as they change houses in the wake of the virus scare.
On Aug. 1, Queen Elizabeth is expected to fly to Balmoral from Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh. The Queen and her husband will be staying in the Highlands until the end of October.
While in the Highlands, however, royal courtiers have been instructed to apply the Balmoral Bubble safety protocol. This means that social distancing will be strictly enforced around Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
But, Princess Anne may be the only member of the royal family who could have a chance to see her mother and father up close. According to Daily Express, Princess Anne is celebrating her 70th birthday this August. This is, also, that time of the year when the Princess Royal makes her annual sailing trip around the Inner Hebrides in Scotland with her husband, Tim Laurence. Royal expert Camilla Tominey said that Princess Anne will likely plot her visit to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip alongside the sailing trip.
Other members of the royal family won't, reportedly, be asked to stay in Balmoral to ensure the health and safety of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. The monarch is also not expected to host other guests, such as the Prime Minister and his family, in the castle this year.
If the royals are planning to spend some time with the Queen this summer, however, there are plans to hold picnics and other activities outdoors. Experts said that social gatherings have less risks of virus transmissions if it's done outside and not in an enclosed indoor setting.
But, royal correspondent Katie Nicholl said that Prince William, Kate Middleton and their children are also planning to head out to Balmoral to visit the Queen and Prince Philip. The Cambridges are likely stay in their Balmoral cottage at Tam-na-Ghar, which is closer to Prince Charles' Birkhall estate.
The Cambridge family's visit, however, could take place at the end of the summer. Prince William and Kate are, currently, enjoying a family holiday off the coast of Cornwall in the Isles of Scilly southwest of England.
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have not seen members of the royal family in person since isolating in the middle of March. This summer gives the monarch another reason to look forward to her stay in Balmoral because of the family reunion.