Queen Elizabeth wore gloves to hand out honours at Palace and royal experts are calling the move a “practical precaution” against coronavirus.
The King and Queen of Sweden became the first royals to cancel an event due to coronavirus concern.
This further raises the issue of whether the British royal family could follow suit? Currently, Buckingham Palace is yet to cancel any events. But, Queen Elizabeth was pictured wearing gloves while honouring members of the public.
According to Sky News, it has been a decade since the queen last wore gloves at an investiture ceremony. Adding to it, the gloves the monarch chose were much longer than ones she usually prefers to wear.
The handling of a problem like the coronavirus is very important to morale. People take hints from the way the royal family behave. Queen Elizabeth wearing gloves at yesterday’s ceremony of Buckingham Palace was an example.”
We all know, the Queen doesn’t wear gloves at ceremonies, but it’s a sensible safeguard, isn’t it? Well, she’s just six or so weeks away from her 94th birthday and she’s at an age when she’s susceptible to such a virus.”
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Buckingham Palace officials told The Royal UK it was “not eerie for the Queen to wear gloves on public engagement.”
The members royal family will still continue to follow their current timetable of royal duties. It includes the likes of much anticipated Commonwealth Day service next week. It is reported that Harry with Meghan and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Queen at London’s Westminster Abbey for the same.
It’s business as usual for the rest of the royals
Prince William, unquestionably, doesn’t seem concerned at all. The Duke of Cambridge who is currently touring Ireland with his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, joked that they were “spreading coronavirus” during their trip.
Speaking with a paramedic at the National Ambulance Service, he said: “I bet everyone’s like ‘I’ve got coronavirus, I’m dying,’ and you’re like ‘no, you’ve just got a cough.’ “Does it seem quite dramatic about coronavirus at the moment?” he asked. “Is it being a little bit hyped up do you think in the media?”
The couple continued their visit, as usual, shaking hands with the public without the use of gloves.