Buckingham Palace has released a message from Queen Elizabeth II regarding the coronavirus on Thursday, 19 March 2020.

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: The Royal Family

The Queen has moved to Windsor Castle week early ahead of the Easter break for isolation against the coronavirus, with reduced staff and following advice from their Medical Household and the Government.

Prince Philip has joined the Queen after he was flown in by helicopter from the Sandringham estate.

The Duke of Edinburgh has been living in his secluded Wood Farm cottage since his retirement from public duties in 2017.

Both are at risk of the coronavirus due to their advanced age, as Queen Elizabeth will celebrate her 94th birthday on 21 April and Prince Philip turns 99 on 10 June 2020.

As Philip and I arrive at Windsor today, we know that many individuals and families across the United Kingdom, and around the world, are entering a period of great concern and uncertainty.

We are all being advised to change our normal routines and regular patterns of life for the greater good of the communities we live in and, in particular, to protect the most vulnerable within them.

At times such as these, I am reminded that our nation’s history has been forged by people and communities coming together to work as one, concentrating our combined efforts with a focus on the common goal.

We are enormously thankful for the expertise and commitment of our scientists, medical practitioners and emergency and public services; but now more than any time in our recent past, we all have a vitally important part to play as individuals – today and in the coming days, weeks and months.

Many of us will need to find new ways of staying in touch with each other and making sure that loved ones are safe. I am certain we are up to that challenge. You can be assured that my family and I stand ready to play our part.


British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged everyone in the United Kingdom, especially over 70s, to avoid non-essential contact and travel to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

According to The Evening Standard, Queen Elizabeth will conduct her weekly audience with the Prime Minister by telephone ‘for the foreseeable future.’

Windsor Castle is said to be the Queen’s favourite residence when she is not away during Christmas or the summer.

The castle will be closed to tourists from Saturday.

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