Even the Queen cannot escape the “Covid Blockade”! Eyewitnesses spotted the monarch stuck in traffic

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As the roads filled in on the eve of the lockdown, it seems even the Queen cannot escape the ‘Covid deadlock’.

Eyewitnesses spotted her stuck in traffic Wednesday afternoon as she returned to Windsor after a formal engagement.

Mobile phone photos taken by a member of the public showed the Queen’s convoy of three Range Rovers and motorcyclists driving on the wrong side of the road to bypass a queue at Chiswick High Road, west London.

At the time, around 4 p.m., people in London were starting to flee to second homes and families outside the capital before the nationwide lockdown came in at midnight.

At 6 p.m., there were 1,200 miles of queues on London’s roads, with 2,624 traffic jams recorded.

Mobile phone photos taken by a member of the public showed the Queen’s convoy of three Range Rovers and motorcycles driving on the wrong side of the road to bypass a queue at Chiswick High Road, west London

Paying homage: The Queen, 94, drove from Windsor Castle to London to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, according to the court circular.  The Queen was pictured leaving Windsor Castle yesterday (pictured) before returning two hours later, but the reason for the exit has not been announced

Paying homage: The Queen, 94, drove from Windsor Castle to London to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, according to the court circular. The Queen was pictured leaving Windsor Castle yesterday (pictured) before returning two hours later, but the reason for the exit has not been announced

It comes after it was revealed the Queen made an unannounced visit to Westminster Abbey yesterday.

The Queen, 94, drove from Windsor Castle to London to commemorate the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior, according to the court circular.

She was greeted by the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Right Reverend David Hoyle.

The Unknown Soldier was buried at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1920, but lockdown restrictions mean commemorations must take place in advance.

The Queen was pictured leaving Windsor Castle yesterday before returning two hours later, but the reason for the exit has not been announced.

Eyewitnesses spotted her stuck in traffic Wednesday afternoon as she returned to Windsor after an official engagement

Eyewitnesses spotted her stuck in traffic Wednesday afternoon as she returned to Windsor after an official engagement

A busy Old Kent road to Elephant and Castle at 6:50 a.m. on the first morning of the new lockdown

A busy Old Kent road to Elephant and Castle at 6:50 a.m. on the first morning of the new lockdown

Tribute: The Unknown Soldier was buried at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1920, but lockdown restrictions mean commemorations must take place in advance.  File Image

Tribute: The Unknown Soldier was buried at Westminster Abbey on November 11, 1920, but lockdown restrictions mean commemorations must take place in advance. File Image

She looked somber in a black ensemble, usually worn only during mourning, to attend funerals or for Remembrance Day and Remembrance Sunday services.

The Court Circular of November 4 reads: “The Queen this morning commemorated the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, London SW1, and was received at the great west gate by the Dean of Westminster (The Right Reverend Dr David Hoyle). “

The Queen has only made a handful of engagements since March and is expected to keep a low profile over the next month as she and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, is in confinement together at Windsor Castle.

The Duchess of Cornwall also made an engagement at Westminster Abbey yesterday, replacing Prince Harry to visit the Field of Remembrance.

She then stood before crosses from the Tombs of the Unknown as the dean offered prayers, before solemnly placing her own cross of remembrance and tilting her head in reflection.

Royal commemorations: The Duchess of Cornwall also made an engagement at Westminster Abbey yesterday, replacing Prince Harry to visit the Field of Remembrance

Royal commemorations: The Duchess of Cornwall also made an engagement at Westminster Abbey yesterday, replacing Prince Harry to visit the Field of Remembrance

A bugle played the final message, followed by a two-minute silence, then an exhortation to remember, as Big Ben sounded at 2 p.m.

Next, the Duchess toured the 308 plots filled with over 60,000 crosses and symbols of all faiths, posed by staff and volunteers, with Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis, President of The Poppy Factory.

Remembrance Sunday services, which have traditionally been part of community worship, cannot go as planned on November 8 due to lockdown restrictions.

However, rather than being banned altogether, the government has set out a series of guidelines for local authorities and religious leaders who hope to organize the services.

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