Coronavirus' Impact on Royal Family & Apparent Changes to Their Lives & Schedules
Since the coronavirus outbreak spread throughout the world, no one has been spared of its effects in some way. The royal family is no exception.
Over in England, the royal family made several changes to their public engagements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Queen Elizabeth II acknowledged this in a post shared on Thursday.
"We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good," the monarch wrote. So just how exactly have members of the royal family been impacted?
Queen Elizabeth, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stand on the balcony at Buckingham Palace to watch a flypast that marked the centenary of the Royal Air Force on July 10, 2018, in London, England | Source: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
The Chelsea Flower Show canceled
Hello Magazine reports that the Chelsea Flower Show is one of Queen Elizabeth II's most favorite annual events. Unfortunately, it was canceled on Tuesday due to the coronavirus.
The Royal Horticultural Society, which holds shows at Chelsea, Malvern, Chatsworth, and Harlow Carr, said that all locations were canceled for the year. This falls in line with the UK's current ban on mass gatherings.
Garden parties and Japan visit affected
Earlier this week, the queen added that five of her annual London garden parties were canceled. A planned visit to Japan was postponed and is expected to be rescheduled.
The queen's decision about her annual birthday parade, Trooping the Color, as well as the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day have not yet been determined.
The queen starts Easter break early
By Thursday, the queen left Buckingham Palace to go to Windsor Castle, which is where she typically spends her Easter holidays. US Magazine reports that the queen initially planned to go on March 26.
Attending the annual Maundy Service at St. George's Chapel is off the list during the break. The traditional event which would have been held on April 9 was canceled. As for whether or not family members will join the queen for the Easter Sunday service, that remains to be seen.
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and Princess Beatrice of York at the Lenny Kravitz & Dom Perignon 'Assemblage' exhibition on July 10, 2019, in London, England | Photo: David M. Benett/Getty Images
Princess Beatrice cancels wedding reception
Unfortunately, Princess Beatrice and her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi were forced to cancel their wedding reception, which was to take place at the Buckingham Palace gardens.
According to Hello, the pair released an official statement saying that they'd be reviewing their wedding plans for May 29. They're now considering whether to have a private wedding with a small group.
Prince Charles stops hand-shaking
Prince Charles has publicly shown he is taking steps to deter the spread of COVID-19 by not shaking hands with anyone. This follows the royal's interaction with Prince Albert II, who tested positive for the virus.
Video of Prince Charles during the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey last weekend showcased his awareness as he clasped his hands and bowed to guests rather than touching them.
The Sussexes in Canada, Invictus canceled
Meanwhile, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are in Canada with their son Archie. There, US Weekly reports that the family is "observing the quarantine" in line with the World Health Organization rules.
On Thursday, the cancelation of the annual Invictus Games was announced via Twitter. The couple further released a statement talking about the COVID-19 pandemic. It read, in part, "We are all in this together."
Cambridge family does remote learning
Prince William was reportedly the first royal to officially address the coronavirus, however. He shared a video speaking on the matter and commending those who've done their part to help.
Additionally, the couple will use remote learning for kids Prince George and Princess Charlotte through their school Thomas' Battersea. This implies that the family will be home more often, like most others.
Prince Albert tests positive
So far, Prince Albert of Monaco is the only royal to test positive for COVID-19. He is reportedly being treated at his home by Princess Grace doctors. The family is not worried for their twins children.
We at AmoMama do our best to give you the most updated news regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but the situation is constantly changing. We encourage readers to refer to the online updates from CDC, WHO, or Local Health Departments to stay updated. Take care!