The normal “Altering of the Guard” ceremonies at Queen Elizabeth’s palaces in London and Windsor Citadel which normally entice crowds of vacationers have been postponed till additional discover, Buckingham Palace stated on Friday.
The choice comes after the federal government suggested Britons to keep away from any mass gatherings to assist curb the unfold of coronavirus.
The well-known ceremony sees The Queen’s Guard handing over duty for safeguarding Buckingham Palace and St James’s Palace to the New Guard, normally involving troopers in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats parading with a military band by way of central London.
On Friday, the ceremony was because of contain the first Battalion Grenadier Guards accompanied by the band of the Irish Guards 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards Corps of Drums.
An analogous ceremony additionally takes place at Windsor Citadel, the queen’s dwelling to the west of London, the place the 93-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip, 98, are at the moment residing amid the coronavirus disaster.
In a message to the nation on Thursday, the queen stated the royal household would play its half as Britain battled the coronavirus pandemic.
“Many people might want to discover new methods of staying in contact with one another and ensuring that family members are protected. I’m sure we’re as much as that problem,” she stated. “You could be assured that my household and I stand able to play our half.”
The Tower of London additionally introduced on Thursday it could be closing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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