Why the Queen Won't Be Returning to Public Duty Like Prince Charles and Prince William
Prince Charles and Prince William returned to public service on Tuesday when they first appeared in person since the coronavirus struck the UK in March, but fans shouldn't expect Queen Elizbeth to be making public appearances soon.
The excursions came when the British government began to lift some restrictions and the royal family felt able to get out publicly. Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Princess Anne and Sophie, Countess of Wessex also resigned this week. There was a strict social distancing on every excursion.
However, Queen Elizabeth, 94, is unlikely to be seen outside the palace walls for many months, leading some to speculate that she will get off for official civil service in the fall at the earliest.
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Palace helpers should keep their calendar clear during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Toby Melville - WPA Pool / Getty Images Queen Elizabeth
A royal source told The Sunday Times, "The Queen will not do anything that violates the advice of people in her category and she will follow all appropriate advice." There is discussion of what we do and what we don't do in October. "
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Ben Birchall / PA Wire / Shutterstock; Victoria Jones / PA Wire / Shutterstock Prince Charles and Prince William on their public outings on June 16
While she may not appear in person, she still keeps a busy schedule while isolated in Windsor Castle.
A spokesman for Buckingham Palace said: "The queen is still busy and will follow the advice on engagements."
The Queen will continue to perform official duties, such as meeting British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone, as usual, to review her papers and speak to aides. She has released several video addresses to the public and recently participated in her first public video call with her daughter Princess Anne.
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She is also unlikely to return from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace, where she has stayed. Since she went there on March 19, her husband Prince Philip, 99, has sought protection next to her.
Paul Edwards - WPA Pool / Getty Images Queen Elizabeth on a scaled down version of Trooping the Color on June 13th
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The last time she was seen in public at the Commonwealth Service with several members of her family on March 9, she appeared on the grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday for a mini-celebration of Trooping the Color, and she was still up their horses active.
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