COVID-19: Queen Elizabeth to leave for Windsor Castle; cancels garden parties

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Updated: Mar 18, 2020, 02:43 PM(IST)

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Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch, who will be 94 next month, would be leaving Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

Queen Elizabeth will move to Windsor Castle, cancel her traditional garden parties and postpone investitures as the threat of coronavirus triggers a wholesale ripping up of the royal diaries for all members of her family, reported The Guardian.

Buckingham Palace announced that the monarch, who will be 94 next month, would be leaving Buckingham Palace on Thursday.

“Her Majesty will move to Windsor Castle for the Easter period on Thursday 19 March, one week earlier than planned. It is likely the Queen will stay there beyond the Easter period,” it said.

The precautionary measures follow the government’s announcement that the spread of coronavirus in London is thought to be some weeks ahead of the rest of UK.

The Queen has already cancelled planned engagements.

“Three garden parties hosted by the Queen, due to be held at Buckingham Palace in May, will not now take place,” a Buckingham Palace spokesman said.

“Guests already invited to these garden parties will be asked to attend in 2021.

“Two additional garden parties given for the Not Forgotten Association and the National Trust will also not take place.” A decision is yet to be made on the annual garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.

The cancellation of the Queen’s garden parties is thought to be unprecedented. Palace officials could not recall a similar occasion in recent memory.

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