Queen Elizabeth, heeding Covid-19 rules, sat alone

Image: Corky Siemaszko

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WINDSOR, England – Queen Elizabeth II took social distances on Saturday even as she bid farewell to the love of her life.

Wearing a mask to match her black dress, hat and gloves, the Queen did not take comfort in her family’s physical embrace at Prince Philip’s funeral due to an invisible intruder called Covid-19.

Instead, set an example of safety and courage for his countrymen during the hour-long ceremony by scrupulously abiding by the social distancing rules that have agitated many of his subjects over the past year – even at the time of his. deeper grief.

And if that bothered the queen, she wouldn’t let it show.

“It’s more than pragmatic,” said Chris Chilton, 70, who lives near Windsor Castle, of the Queen’s decision to stick to the pandemic rules. “She is an incredible woman. She’s really taking control. She is very fair.

Daria Alexander, a 24-year-old London student sitting on a bench outside the castle walls, said she was not surprised to see the Queen sitting alone, but admitted it was “weird” to see it hidden. .

“She looked sad, but also dignified,” she said.

Also “quite sad,” said Alexander, was that the Duke of Edinburgh – like so many others who died during the pandemic – did not have a public funeral because of Covid-19.

“They were playing by the rules,” Alexander said. “But to be honest, this is the worst time to lose a family member. It’s the worst.

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