The Queen shares thoughts on ‘horrible’ coronavirus pandemic as she makes first public outing since lockdown

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  • The Queen made her first public appearance since lockdown this week.


    Her Majesty stepped out with her grandson, Prince William, during a trip to Wiltshire to visit the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory near Salisbury.

    The Queen and The Duke of Cambridge viewed a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and met staff employed in Counter Terrorism and Security.

    During the royal engagement, the Queen and Prince William decided against wearing face masks but adhered to social distancing rules while discussing the coronavirus pandemic.

    Meanwhile, it is thought that all people who came in close contact with the royals had taken a coronavirus test.

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    The Queen, accompanied The Duke of Cambridge, this morning visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down, and formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre. The Energetics Analysis Centre is a state-of-the-art building from which hundreds of scientists conduct research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives. The Queen and The Duke viewed a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and met staff employed in Counter Terrorism and Security, as well as Dstl staff and members of the military involved in identifying the nerve agent and subsequent clear up of the Novichok incident of 2018. In recognition of their work The Duke presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to representatives of Headquarters South West (The regional Army command headquarters of the south west of England.) Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also spoke to scientists providing vital support to the UK response of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities.

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    Speaking on the second peak of Covid-19 cases in the UK, Her Majesty commented, “It’s doubling itself again.”

    Professor Tim Atkins told the Queen, “We will have to evaluate how we approach this.”

    She replied, “With all these horrible new things.”

    The Queen’s appearance was her first in 220 days, with her spending the majority of this year living between Windsor Castle and Balmoral in a secure bubble with staff and Prince Phillip.

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    Today The Duke of Cambridge joined Her Majesty The Queen to visit the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (@dstlmod) at Porton Down, and formally open the new Energetics Analysis Centre. There, they met staff involved in identifying the nerve agent and subsequent clear up of the Novichok incident of 2018, as well as scientists providing vital support to the UK response of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities. The Queen and The Duke also met members of the military who were directly involved in the Novichok incident. In recognition of their work The Duke presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to representatives of @britisharmy 102 Logistic Brigade.

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    Speaking on Her Majesty’s venture out into the world facing a new normal, former Buckingham Palace spokesman and royal commentator Dickie Arbiter said, “It is great to see the Queen again and it was nice that she was accompanied by Prince William.

    “In the past she had the Duke of Edinburgh and it is right Prince William went with her in her first day out of the royal bubble in seven months.

    “She’s a very fit and healthy person at 94. She eats frugally, doesn’t drink a lot and takes a lot of exercise.

    “It is difficult when you can’t give face-to-face meetings because she enjoys meeting people and sharing information.”