Queen Elizabeth determined to return to work soon

The 94-year-old monarch has stepped back from public duties and is quarantining at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip.

FILE: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Queen Elizabeth is eager to return to work as soon as possible after stepping back from public duties amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 94-year-old monarch has stepped back from public duties and is quarantining at Windsor Castle with her husband Prince Philip, 98, but she is "more determined than ever to return when the time is right", according to the Daily Mirror newspaper.

And she has urged younger members of the Royal Family to step forward while she is out of action.

A royal source said: "There is going to be a lot more interaction between the family members while the crisis is ongoing. Her Majesty has given instructions that, after a turbulent period for the family last year, now is the time to heal and have a united front and get back to the basics of what the monarchy is for - her sole belief is that it goes back to the basics of duty."

It was recently revealed that Queen Elizabeth is expected to remain out of the spotlight until around October as she follows government advice on the global health crisis.

An insider recently told The Sunday Times newspaper: "The Queen won't do anything, which goes against the advice of people in her [age] category, and she's going to take all the appropriate advice. There are discussions what we could do and couldn't do come October."

However, last week she told people to never give up and never despair as she addressed the nation in a moving message to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

She said: "At the start, the outlook seemed bleak, the end distant, the outcome uncertain. But we kept faith that the cause was right - and this belief, as my father noted in his broadcast, carried us through. Never give up, never despair - that was the message of VE Day."

The royal went on to acknowledge the pandemic when she spoke about the change in celebrations, which were scaled back as people were unable to host parties due to social distancing guidelines.

But the Queen also said those "brave soldiers, sailors and airmen" who fought in World War II would admire the strength of the nation amid the difficult times.

She added: "Today it may seem hard that we cannot mark this special anniversary as we would wish. Instead we remember from our homes and our doorsteps. But our streets are not empty; they are filled with the love and the care that we have for each other. And when I look at our country today, and see what we are willing to do to protect and support one another, I say with pride that we are still a nation those brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognise and admire. I send my warmest good wishes to you all."