Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles trips hit by virus outbreak

Carla Harmon
March 14, 2020

Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the throne Prince Charles both postponed upcoming engagements in Britain and overseas on Friday because of the coronavirus outbreak, the royal household said.

A royal spokesman said: "As a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances, changes are being made to the Queen's diary commitments in the coming weeks".

It comes after it was claimed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex didn't bring their son Archie to the United Kingdom recently because of the virus - which has killed 10 people in Britain and more than 5,000 worldwide.

"Audiences will continue as usual", a statement added. "God Save the Queen"!"

Last week, however, the Queen wore gloves during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Additionally, during Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Monday, members of the royal family - including Prince Charles, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Prince William - also appeared to refrain from shaking hands with fellow attendees amid the coronavirus scare.

England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has said the death rate for people with the virus is "significantly ramped up" among those over the age of 80.

Earlier, Prince Charles' office at Clarence House said it had postponed his planned eight-day trip to Bosnia, Cyprus and Jordan.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Camilla have postponed a tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan - due to begin in four days' time.

Royal sources have confirmed that it really is simply "a sensible precaution" as the queen is in "good health".

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"It is spiteful, it's inconsiderate as well, and the Queen is going to be 94 in April, she's not going to be with us much longer".

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