The monarch, 93, has postponed trips to Cheshire and Camden that were planned for later this month due to the ongoing spread of the virus, calling it a “sensible precaution”.
A press release from Buckingham Palace read: “As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to The Queen’s diary commitments in the coming weeks.
“In consultation with the Medical Household and Government, Her Majesty’s forthcoming visits to Cheshire and Camden will be rescheduled. Audiences will continue as usual. Other events will be reviewed on an ongoing basis in line with the appropriate advice.”
The queen was due to visit Jodrell Bank Observatory and Square Kilometre Array Global Headquarters in Macclesfield as well as Bentley Motors Factory in Crewe on 19th March. Later, she was due to visit Camden in London on the 26th.
The news comes at the same time Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles cancel overseas visits to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan, which were scheduled from 17th to 25th March.
Clarence House issued a similar statement, saying: “Owing to the unfolding situation with the coronavirus pandemic, the British government has asked Their Royal Highnesses to postpone their spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan.”
As of Thursday (12th), Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the UK was entering the ‘delay’ phase of its four-fold plan to tackle the spread of Covid-19.
In a press conference, he warned the government would be introducing social restrictions such as imposing a seven-day self isolation for those who have a persistent cough or other symptoms, and avoiding making contact with elderly people.
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