Queen Elizabeth has had a difficult week as the UK faces unusual times during the global coronavirus crisis.
Queen Elizabeth prepares to address the nation on Sunday at 8 PM.
For those who follow the royal family know that the head of state has faced her own heartbreak this week. It’s been a turbulent week for the Queen. Her son Prince Charles got struck with COVID-19. There are many painful memories including the anniversary of her mother’s death and grandson, Harry, leaving behind his royal duties.
But the show must go on for Queen Elizabeth. It was very much usual work as she held her weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Instead of their weekly meet-up, the pair spoke over the phone as Mr Boris Johnson is himself isolating since he has diagnosed with coronavirus. Prince Charles, the Queen’s eldest son and heir to the throne was the first member of the Royal Family to be diagnosed with the virus ravaging the world. Charles falls within one of the highest risk categories given his age.
His wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, was tested negative and is self-isolating within her 53,000-acre Birkhall estate in Scotland. The couple is said to have been staying apart from each other at the residence.
The heir to the throne, Prince Charles, met hundreds of people during the engagement in recent weeks. He was offering namaste gestures instead of handshakes. But it is “not possible to ascertain” where he caught the virus.
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In another blow, as the nation comes to terms with the coronavirus pandemic, the Queen was also faced with having to deal with the final goodbye from grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle as they quit the royal family.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shared the update on their SussexRoyal Instagram page. It was their final post on the account. It is said that the Queen has banned them from using the word ‘royal’ in their branding.
“Thank you to this community for the support, the inspiration and the shared commitment to the good in the world.”
Adding to the woes, the annual Trooping the Colour event got cancelled. This significant event traditionally takes place in the month of June, to mark Her Majesty’s official birthday. Buckingham Palace revealed: “In line with Government advice, it has been agreed that The Queen’s Birthday Parade, will not go ahead in its traditional form.
But for Queen Elizabeth, the end of March is always tinged with sadness as it marks her mother’s death. The Queen Mother died on March 30, 2002, aged 101, and 50 years after the death of her husband, King George VI.
At the time, Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen Mother had died peacefully in her sleep at 3.15 pm at her Windsor residence, Royal Lodge. The Queen was at her bedside.
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