Her Majesty has been in self-isolation for the duration of the UK’s lockdown, which started on March 23. Experts have suggested that she will remain in lockdown even if it is lifted for a long time, as her appearances will draw crowds and increase the chance of a new hotspot for coronavirus infection.
Boris Johnson has been allowed to make use of the grounds, amid security concerns over his habit of running in public spaces.
Under current lockdown measures, exercise is allowed, but as a high profile figure risks present themselves if the Prime Minister were to exercise in public.
He was photographed arriving at a side entrance to the palace in an armoured Range Rover yesterday, returning to Downing Street in a red t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers.
As well as a large garden, the palace also has an outdoor tennis court, with Mr Johnson known to be a fan of the sport.
A royal source confirmed that Mr Johnson had been granted permission to use the garden for exercise.
They also added that “from time to time” the Queen had offered the facilities to previous Prime Ministers.
A government source told the Telegraph: “The Prime Minister has been exercising in the grounds of Buckingham Palace.
“It’s obviously important that the Prime Minister is able to take exercise.”
The Queen, meanwhile, is said to be taking daily exercise by riding at Windsor under strict conditions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
But The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are currently living at Windsor Castle in isolation under the coronavirus lockdown guidance.
She has been working from her private apartments there, and has been speaking to her Prime Minister over the telephone in lieu of their weekly audience in person.
Under plans colloquially known as “HMS Bubble”, the 94-year-old is being looked after by staff who work on a three-week rotation to isolate in the castle.
In normal times, the palace would usually be welcoming members of the public into the grounds for a series of garden parties hosted by the Queen.
It’s summer opening, from July to October, sees tourists flocking to see the State rooms and a special exhibition, which was this year focused on “Royal Animals”.
All events have been cancelled as staff follow guidance on public gatherings.
Published at Wed, 27 May 2020 04:13:00 +0000