Queen Elizabeth Is Quarantining With 22 Royal Staff Members (Video)
Welcome to the "HMS Bubble."
Queen Elizabeth is being taken care of in quarantine.
The monarch, who turned 94 last week, is isolating with 22 people, including her husband Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle which has become known as the "HMS Bubble," according to a memo obtained by British outlet, The Sun.
In a royal effort to prevent the queen from contracting the coronavirus, the staff of 22 will remain at the Queen's estate until the lockdown is lifted.
“I’m sure that we shall emerge as a stronger, more considerate and more resilient Royal Household team as a result and able to do our duty for the Queen,” Master of the Household Tony Johnstone-Burt wrote in the memo, meant for the palace staff of more than 500 people.
Johnstone-Burt, a former Royal Navy officer, compared the period of self-isolation to experiences in the Navy, saying self-isolation had the same “sense of dislocation and heightened anxiety.”
"Regardless of the roles we perform, we do them to an exceptional standard to enable the Queen," he continued.
To pass the time, the Queen has been reading the newspaper, watching news and even learning how to navigate video calls with friends and family.
Earlier this month she addressed the U.K. in a rare but encouraging televised address.
"We will succeed and that success will belong to every one of us," she said. "While we may have more still to endure, better days will return."
Her birthday last week was also spent in quarantine. Larger public celebrations were put on hold.
Her son, Prince Charles, left his self-isolation in late March after having been tested positive for coronavirus. He and his wife Camila are staying at Balmoral, their royal residence in Scotland.
In an essay published last week, Prince Charles reflected on the experience and commended the actions of essential workers, saying, “After the suffering and the selflessness we are witnessing, we cannot allow ourselves to go back to how we were. This is a moment in history.”