Maskless Queen Elizabeth gets criticized after first public appearance in months
The 94-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson, second in line for the throne, Prince William, at the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory in Porter Down. And though both the royals were adhering to six-feet-rule of social distancing, they were not wearing masks.
In a statement, Buckingham Palace said that the queen decided to forgo the mask after consulting with her own medical team and the scientists at the Laboratory.
TV host Piers Morgan wrote on twitter that appearing maskless “was not a smart move”, while John Smith, son of Harry Leslie Smith, wrote “By not wearing a mask, the Queen sends a very strong and stupid message,” adding that
Queen Elizabeth, who spent the lockdown with 99-year-old Prince Philip, at Windsor Castle. Has been carrying out her suties online. She has made two public appearances during that time, though both were carried out inside the boundary of the castle.
The monarch’s eldest son and heir-to-the-throne, Prince Charles, caught the coronavirus in March however after completing self-isolation, the prince returned to his official duties.
Great Britain is currently in the grips of a second wave of the novel coronavirus, with cases rising continuously. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has imposed a three-tier Covid-19 alert system across the country with some restrictions placed on London and a few northern cities.