Queen Elizabeth II is protecting herself against coronavirus by relocating from her Buckingham Palace home to Windsor Castle, the royal family announced Tuesday.
“As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, a number of changes are being made to The Queen’s diary,” read the official statement. “Audiences due to take place this week at Buckingham Palace will go ahead as planned. These include receiving the Prime Minister, the Commanding Officer of HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH and the Bishop of Hereford. Future Audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, in line with the appropriate advice.”
The announcement went on to confirm Her Majesty will be self-isolating by relocating to Windsor this Thursday, “one week earlier” than planned for the Easter holiday, and will likely “stay there beyond the Easter period.”
Several events that usually involve the Queen’s participation will also be canceled, including the annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel and three garden parties scheduled to take place in May.
Last week, the matriarch engaged in a barehanded handshake with Professor Mark Compton, the Lord Prior of the Order of St. John, while receiving the Order’s first-ever Service Medal in Gold before a small group of press and onlookers. She did, however, wear gloves during an investiture ceremony the previous week.