The Queen is to withdraw from public duties for months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It is expected to be the longest absence from official engagements in Her Majesty’s 68-year reign, The Sunday Times reports. The 94-year-old monarch will remain at Windsor Castle “indefinitely”, where she relocated during the crisis with Prince Philip.
The publication also states that her diary of engagements into the autumn is on hold, and that plans for a state visit from South Africa in October are still undecided.
Buckingham Palace will be closed for the summer amid the crisis, in what is believed to be the first time in 27 years. A number of royal events have been postponed or cancelled this year including Trooping of the Colour, the annual Queen’s Birthday Parade which was due to take place on June 13, the Order of the Garter Service, and the monarch’s annual garden parties.
Traditional gun salutes to mark the Queen’s birthday on April 21 were cancelled, with a Buckingham Palace official confirming that the monarch believed it would inappropriate at this time.
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