The Queen and royal family make plans for the future following coronavirus pandemic


In following the UK government’s advisory statement  issued on Monday on the coronavirus management, Bukingham Palace is making adjustments and here’s all you need to know.

Palace officials are looking carefully at maintaining safety precautions on government advice on the coronavirus and how much changes it’ll have on upcoming royal events. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson went ahead to warn the public on Monday afternoon that people should avoid all non-essential contact, including large gatherings, particularly those over the age of 70.

Hence, royal events may be rescheduled or inevitably cancelled including; Trooping the Colour which was scheduled to hold in June and attended by all members of the royal family to celebrate the Queen’s official birthday. Other events such as the Chelsea Flower Show and Wimbledon, which are popular with the royals will also be affected. 

As at Monday, it was revealed that the Earl of Wessex had cancelled some of his upcoming engagements amid the coronavirus outbreak, Prince Edward was due to hold a dinner at St James’s Palace for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation on Monday, but a significant number of attendees were unable to attend the dinner and so the decision was taken to postpone.The royal was also due to host an Anglo-Swedish Society reception at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday and this will also be rescheduled.

On the other hand, the 93-year old monarch, was due to visit Cheshire and Camden this month, while the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were scheduled to tour the Republic of Cyprus and Jordan this week, but all of these arrangements have been called off in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester who were due to attend an Anglo-Netherlands Society centenary celebration on Tuesday at Kensington Palace, alongside Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands have also cancelled. The society said on its website: “We have taken this decision with a heavy heart, but it reflects our collective, precautionary judgement, taking full account of recent developments over the Covid-19 virus, including Government statements.”

There will be further information on anymore changes in the next few days on how the pandemic will affect previously scheduled events of senior members of the royal family.

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