Everyone has started to take precautions against the spread of coronavirus, and that includes members of the royal family canceling trips. This means events with "large numbers of people" that were due to be attended by the queen and other royal family members will be canceled or postponed "in the coming months".
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has cancelled all her appointments for the next few months and is set to leave Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday to be based at Windsor Castle for an extended period of time amid the coronavirus pandemic outbreak which has claimed 71 lives in the country.
The annual Maundy Service at St George's Chapel, at Windsor Castle, on April 9 will not go ahead.
Planned audiences scheduled to take place at Buckingham Palace this week will go ahead, including a meeting with UK Prime Minister.
The Queen's grandson Prince Harry is said to be taking "appropriate measures" after he was seen hugging Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton at an event in the United Kingdom earlier this month before flying out to join wife Meghan Markle and son Archie in Canada. Her Majesty, 93, received Commodore Steven Moorhouse (outgoing Commanding Officer, HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH) and Captain Angus Essenhigh (incoming Commanding Officer) in her private audience room at the palace. The fate of future big royal events - including May commemorations for the end of World War II in Europe and a state visit by Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masakois - is up in the air. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall's tour to Cyprus, Bosnia and Jordan has also been postponed on government advice. The show, where Kate Middleton a year ago showed an interactive garden to highlight her campaign on outside play for children and families, is attended by the Queen and other members of the family on the first day.
The annual garden party at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Scotland, which is held in July, will not be part of today's announcement.
More than 7,000 people have died from coronavirus worldwide, including 55 people in the UK.