Queen could be out of public view ‘for many months to come’ over coronavirus fears
Her enforced absence is expected to be the longest period of time that she has been kept away from official duties in her 68-year reign. Palace sources say she will remain at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh indefinitely, until such time as it is deemed safe for her to return to her normal routines. The British monarch usually returns to Buckingham Palace from Windsor in May, where she spends most of her time until her July summer break at Balmoral.
The coronavirus outbreaks has already led to the cancellation of The Trooping of the Colour, her garden parties and the Order of the Garter Service.
Now plans for a state visit from South Africa are also in jeopardy, as the lethal virus continues to wreak havoc to royal schedules.
Her enforced public absence will likely come as a major blow to her Majesty, who has often said that she needs “to be seen to be believed”.
Since going into quarantine, the monarch has made two TV addresses to the nation, with last month’s broadcast attracting around 24 million viewers.
A royal source told the Times: “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 about what we could and couldn’t do come October.
“We haven’t cancelled a load of engagements, but nothing is going into Her Majesty’s diary at the moment.
“If there is advice in the coming months that it’s fine for her to come back to London, she may do that, but until that time, she’d want to be seen to be being responsible in her actions for the nation.”
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It was aired exactly 75 years on from her father King George VI’s address at the end of the Second World War.
The Queen gave heartfelt thanks to those that had fought in the campaign, saying: “They risked all so our families and neighbourhoods could be safe.
“We should and will remember them.”
This year’s celebrations have been curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as people have been forced to stay at home during the ongoing lockdown.
Despite this the Queen said: “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.”
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace has re-released an interview that her Majesty gave to the BBC 4 programme The Way We Were that was recorded in 1985 to help mark the 40th anniversary of VE Day.
In the interview, the Queen described in detail how she and her 14-year-old sister Margaret were able to mingle unnoticed with joyful revellers standing outside Buckingham Palace.
She said: “We cheered the King and Queen on the balcony and then walked miles through the streets.
“I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief.”
Published at Sun, 10 May 2020 03:28:00 +0000