Queen Elizabeth II’s royal calendar has been erased from key engagements for the remainder of the year, Buckingham Palace has confirmed. The decision was made to cancel all royal investitures and receptions until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Queen, 94, will be based at Windsor Castle in the future and will not lead full-scale royal engagements as COVID-19 continues to pose a serious health risk.
He added: “The Queen still intends to live at Windsor Castle, but to use Buckingham Palace for certain official duties and engagements.
“Obviously we now know that they will only be very small, not the ones that require a large crowd of people. ”
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The Queen is due to leave Woood Farm in Sandringham where she vacationed with Prince Philip, 99, and return to Windsor Castle in the coming days.
Buckingham Palace in London has always been the main base of the Queen, she will assume the royal duties of Windsor Castle in the future.
Windsor is deemed to be a safe distance from the capital – one of the areas hardest hit by COVID-19.
Nonetheless, it is understood that the Queen will still travel to London for small-scale engagements.
The cancellation of large-scale royal events is in line with current government guidelines to limit socialization amid the pandemic.
A statement about the change on the Royal Family’s website reads: “Various possibilities were examined to see if it was possible for the investitures to proceed safely according to the guidelines.
“Unfortunately, due to the large number of guests and recipients present, it has not been possible to find a way to organize these events safely under the current circumstances. The recipients will be contacted directly. ”
Investitures have not taken place since the lockdown was announced in late March, although the Queen held a special outdoor ceremony in July for veteran NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore.