It’s business as usual: Queen, 93, attends church and will return to Buckingham Palace today to continue working despite coronavirus epidemic
- The 93-year-old monarch spent the weekend as normal at Windsor Castle
- She is expected to return to London today to continue with her royal duties
- An aide categorically denied reports the Queen had quit Buckingham Palace
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The Queen attended church at Windsor Castle yesterday and will return to Buckingham Palace today to carry on her duties in defiance of the coronavirus epidemic.
The 93-year-old monarch spent the weekend as normal at Windsor Castle but is expected to return to London as early as today to continue with her programme of meetings and audiences as head of state.
One senior aide, categorically denying reports that the Queen had quit Buckingham Palace over coronavirus fears, told the Mail last night: ‘I fully expect the royal standard will be flying at Buckingham Palace tomorrow as it does usually.’
The Queen (pictured), 93, attended Sunday church service like normal in Windsor yesterday
The 93-year-old monarch spent the weekend as normal at Windsor Castle but is expected to return to London as early as today to continue with her programme of meetings and audiences as head of state
Palace officials were irritated by a newspaper report which claimed the Queen had ‘quit’ her official royal residence and been ‘whisked’ to Windsor Castle.
It quoted a ‘royal source’ saying: ‘She is in good health but it was thought best to move her.
A lot of her staff are a bit panicky over coronavirus. The Palace hosts a constant stream of visitors, including politicians and dignitaries from around the world.
‘But she is weeks away from her 94th birthday and advisers believe it is best to get her out of harm’s way.’
The Queen was photographed leaving All Saints Church in the Grounds Of royal lodge Windsor Today after attending Sunday service
A deserted Buckingham Palace in London today as coronavirus sweeps the nation
Buckingham Palace has been taking what officials describe as a ‘sensible approach’ to the Covid-19 threat.
Two weeks ago the Queen was seen wearing gloves as she conducted an official investiture at the palace.
She has since decided as a matter of ‘personal preference’ to stop shaking hands.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have cancelled their spring tour to Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan this week on the advice of the Government.
They are hoping to schedule in some small-scale UK engagements.