The statement said these changes were made as ‘a sensible precaution and for practical reasons in the current circumstances.’
Queen Elizabeth has returned to Buckingham Palace following her weekend stay at Windsor Castle.
What’s Going Ahead?
The Queen will hold Audiences at Buckingham Palace as planned, this week, including receiving British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Commanding Officer Commodore Steven Moorhouse and the Bishop of Hereford Richard Jackson.
Future Audiences will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, following appropriate advice from the Medical Household and Government during the coronavirus threat.
Queen Elizabeth will move to Windsor Castle one week earlier, on Thursday, 19 March 2020, and stay beyond the Easter break.
Which Events Have Been Cancelled?
- The annual Maundy Service at St George’s Chapel on Thursday, 9 April 2020.
- Three Garden Parties hosted by The Queen at Buckingham Palace to be held in May will not take place. Guests who were invited will be asked to attend in 2021.
- Two additional Garden Parties given for the Not Forgotten Association and the National Trust have also been cancelled.
- Investitures will be rescheduled for later dates.
To Be Advised …
Further announcements, in consultation with the British Government, regarding Trooping the Colour, the VE Day 75th Anniversary and Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan’s State Visit will be made in due course.
According to a report in nippon.com, Japan plans to cancel the state visit to the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus.