Queen to ‘keep calm and carry on’ with royal duties despite coronavirus outbreak

Caption: Queen vows to carry on with royal duties despite
The Queen will carry on her royal duties despite the ongoing spread of coronavirus (Picture: PA/ Getty/ Rex)

Queen Elizabeth II will carry on with her royal duties despite the increase in cases of coronavirus in the UK.

The monarch, 93, attended a Commonwealth Day church service today alongside Prince Charles and Camilla, Kate and Prince William and Prince Harry and Meghan.

However, she has reportedly been advised to cancel her garden party in May, in which public service employees are recognised by the Royal Family.

There is also a possibility she could be relocated to Sandringham or Balmoral if the outbreak continues to worsen.

Today the Department of Health confirmed there are currently 273 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock (10561089aj) Queen Elizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II opens the Royal National ENT and Eastman Hospitals, London, UK - 19 Feb 2020
She has reportedly been advised to cancel her garden party (Picture: Rex Features)
Queen Elizabeth II wears gloves as she awards the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) to Miss Anne Craig, known professionally as actress Wendy Craig, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 3, 2020. Buckingham Palace declined to confirm whether the Queen was taking the precaution because of the coronavirus outbreak. See PA story HEALTH Coronavirus. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
The Queen was pictured wearing gloves during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace (Picture: PA)

A source told the Mail Online that the Queen’s schedule didn’t change during a swine flu outbreak in 2009.

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They continued: ‘[She] has never changed her schedule after terrorist attacks. It’s business as usual.

‘It is thought that if the Queen or other senior members of the Royal Family were to self-isolate or change their plans it might spark panic in the general population.’

Earlier this week the Queen was pictured wearing gloves during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

A spokesperson said it was not unusual for the monarch to wear gloves during a public engagement, although she has not been seen wearing them at an investiture in the last decade.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Queen Elizabeth II greets Lorna Goodison, the recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, during an audience at Buckingham Palace on March 5, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
It is thought the Royal Family do not want to spark panic in the UK (Picture: Getty Images)

Royal expert Joe Little said: ‘The Queen doesn’t wear gloves at investitures, but it’s a sensible precaution.

‘She’s six or so weeks away from her 94th birthday and she’s at an age when she’s susceptible to such a virus.

‘The other alternative would have been to have cancelled the investiture but the Queen is a “business-as-usual-monarch”.’

So-far two people have died from Covid-19 in the UK.

The family of a great-grandfather, 83, who died on Friday, told how they’ve been unable to arrange his funeral because they have to self-isolate.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (10577036d) Queen Elizabeth II leaves Windsor Castle to attend Sunday Church service at The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park Queen Elizabeth II attends church at Windsor, UK - 08 Mar 2020
The Royal Family attended a Commonwealth Day church service today (Picture: Rex)

Paying tribute to their relative, they described him as a ‘truly loving and wonderful’ man who ‘would go to any length to support and protect his family’.

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They described the situation as a ‘nightmare’ that neither they nor their loved one had asked for.

More than 23,500 people have been tested for Covid-19 in the UK, with the vast majority coming back negative.

The Department of Health is giving daily updates of the number of new infections, tweeting out the figure at 2pm.

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