The Queen could remain in solitary confinement “for months” and never return to royal front-line duties as the government seeks to facilitate the foreclosure of coronaviruses in the coming weeks.
Her Majesty, 98, who has suspended all public commitments while living with her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, may not be allowed to resume public office due to the risk of catching Covid-19 ” for years “to come.
The claims come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson presented a three-step “exit plan” today and urged the country to return to work at a nationwide television address from Downing Street.
Royal biographer Andrew Morton, 66, told the Sun that he is concerned that the queen, whose schedule should not resume before fall, may never resume her normal duties and will likely be seen on TV or video links rather than on in public.
Her Majesty, 98, may not be allowed to resume public service “for years” due to risk of coronavirus
The monarch, who currently resides with her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, continues to receive daily red boxes of government papers
Royal biographer Andrew Morton fears that the monarch will not be able to resume his usual front-line duties, as this would be “far too risky”
He told the newspaper, “It is terribly sad, but I do not see how the Queen can resume her usual work.
“The Covid-19 virus will not go away soon and will be with us for months, if not years.
“It would be far too risky for the Queen to start meeting people regularly. “
The writer, who wrote Diana: Her True Story in 1992, added that even if the royal liked to meet the public, such gatherings would pose a risk to herself and to Prince Philip, who turns 99 next month. .
Earlier today, a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said the monarch was still “busy,” holding a weekly audience with the Prime Minister by phone and receiving his daily red boxes of government documents.
They added that Her Majesty “will take appropriate advice on engagements” and will remain in contact with her family by telephone and videoconference.
The Sunday Times today announced that Buckingham Palace will be closed for the summer for the first time in 27 years, with events like Trooping the Color and Her Majesty’s garden parties canceled.
It is believed to be the 94-year-old monarch’s longest absence from official office during her 68-year reign, with her calendar not expected to resume until fall at the earliest.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have been isolated there with a reduced household since March 19. The monarch generally returns from Windsor to his central London residence in May before his annual break at Balmoral in July, which is also not expected to continue.
A state visit to South Africa is also on hold for the time being, while investments will be reorganized at later dates.
The Queen – who delivered an electrifying speech on EU Victory Day praising the spirit of Britain during the foreclosure – has said in the past that she thought she must “be seen to be raw ”, so the measures should be deeply felt by the monarch.
His last public engagement was the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in March – which was also the last official appearance of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as senior members of the royal family.
A royal source told the publication, “The Queen will do nothing that goes against the advice of the people in her. [age] category and she will take all the appropriate advice… she would like to be considered responsible for her actions.
The Queen (pictured speaking to the nation on Victory Day Friday) hosts a weekly audience with the Prime Minister by phone and receives his daily red boxes of government paper
The Queen usually hosts three garden parties in her London home, with charities hosting two more, and another takes place in July at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland.
The garden parties, where 27,000 cups of tea are served, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of cake are consumed by 30,000 people from all walks of life, have been held at Buckingham Palace since the 1860s.
Last month, there was no gun salute to mark the Queen’s 94th birthday for the first time since she was crowned, and government buildings were exempt from flying flags if this posed a problem.
Elizabeth II said she did not believe that firearm bursts would be appropriate in the circumstances of the crisis.
By that time, Covid-19 had killed more than 15,000 people in Britain.
That figure is now more than double to 31,855, after Britain announced today 269 more deaths.
The Queen usually hosts three garden parties in her London home, with charities hosting two more, and another takes place in July at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland. In the photo: the queen at a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May 2018
In accordance with government recommendations to avoid mass gatherings, the changing of the guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace, St James Palace and Windsor Castle are postponed until further notice.
With the epidemic making church services impossible, the Queen delivered what was supposed to be her first Easter address, which had the resolved message: “We know the coronavirus will not overcome us.
This sentiment was echoed in her VE day speech, where she said, “When I look at our country today and see what we are ready to do to protect and support each other, I say with pride that we are still a nation. these brave soldiers, sailors and airmen would recognize and admire.
“Never give up, never despair – that was the message of VE Day. “
The wedding of Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, to be held on May 29 at the Royal Chapel of St James Palace, followed by a private reception organized by the Queen in the gardens of Buckingham Palace, also been postponed.
Other important events on the royal calendar that have been canceled include the Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship summer event.
Other important events on the royal calendar that have been canceled include the Chelsea Flower Show, the Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship summer event. In the photo: the Queen visits the Duchess of Cambridge’s back to nature garden at the show in 2019
Royal Ascot in June, which is said to have been frequented by the Queen each year during her reign, was also canceled this year.
In a press release, Guy Henderson, general manager of the Ascot racecourse, said: “For reasons of public health and safety, we have come to the difficult but inevitable conclusions that Royal Ascot 2020 … cannot take place as an event open to the public. . ‘
The Royal Windsor Horse Show this month, another horse-related event close to the heart of the monarch, which features show jumping and dressage, will also not take place.
Royal Ascot in June, which is said to have been frequented by the Queen each year during her reign, was also canceled this year. In the photo: the queen at Ascot in June 2019
The Invictus 2020 Games, to be held in The Hague, have been postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19, Prince Harry marking what would have been the opening ceremony with a video message shared on the Twitter account of the event yesterday.
The Games bring together current and former wounded, injured and sick soldiers and soldiers from over 20 countries.
The Duke of Sussex said: “As we commemorate Victory Day this weekend and pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire generation of World War II, we should also have met in the Netherlands to kick off the Invictus 2020 Games in The Hague.
Events on the Royal Calendar canceled due to Covid-19
The Queen’s traditional birthday gun salutes
Queen’s planned visits to Cheshire and Camden
Prince Charles and Camilla’s spring tour to Cyprus and Jordan, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Japanese State Visit to the United Kingdom
Annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel – April 9
Change of guard
Grand National in Aintree
75th anniversary of VE Day commemorative events
Buckingham Palace Garden Parties
Royal windsor horse show
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
The Annual Order of the Garter Service at Windsor Castle
Wimbledon Field Tennis Championships
Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda
RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
Queen’s Garden Party at Palace of Holyroodhouse
Buckingham Palace Summer Opening
“Life has changed dramatically for all of us since my last visit to The Hague, but the IG 2020 team has done an incredible job of adapting so quickly to the situation, and they are busy putting plans in place for the future. ‘next year.
“The new dates will be shared with you very soon. I hope everyone in the Invictus family is doing well and supporting each other during this difficult time.
Braemar’s annual gathering on September 5, traditionally attended by Her Majesty in her patronage of the Highland Games event held near Balmoral at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, was also canceled For safety reasons.
It has operated in its current form since 1832 and includes competitions such as throwing the caber, tug of war and throwing the hammer.
Wimbledon, traditionally frequented by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was canceled next month for the first time since World War II.
The Queen witnessed many turbulent times during her reign, but even admitted to the global pandemic of Covid-19: “Although we have faced challenges before, this one is different. “