After several months of being indoors due to the coronavirus pandemic, Queen Elizabeth II is seen in the public carrying out her first public engagement since Britain’s Coronavirus lockdown in March. The UK government advises people to wear a face-covering in indoor places where “social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.”
The British monarch stepped out on Thursday, October 14, without a face mask despite the UK’s COVID-19 social distancing rules.
The 94-year-old UK leader was joined by her grandson Prince William (who was also maskless) on a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, southwest England.
They adhered to social distancing guidelines though. Buckingham Palace said that the Queen decided not to wear a mask after consulting her doctors at the Porton Down military research facility, which is providing vital support to the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 pandemic response.
The monarch, who spent the national lockdown at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip, has been carrying out her official duties online.