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World News – GB – Queen wears face mask for the first time in public

The Queen followed government regulations and adopted the blanket when she visited Westminster Abbey for a brief ceremony - her first public engagement in London since March

The Queen wore a face mask for the first time in public as she made a touching pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior to mark the centenary of her burial

The head of state followed government regulations and adopted the blanket when she visited the place of worship for a brief ceremony – her first public engagement in London since March

A royal aide described the service as « deeply personal » to the monarch, who married at the abbey in November 1947, and as a tribute to the symbolic serviceman, she left flowers, based on her bouquet of marriage, at his last resting place

Members of the Prince of Wales Royal Family to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have appeared at official events wearing masks in recent months, and the Queen has now followed suit

Details on the black mask, edged in white, have not been released by Buckingham Palace, but the cover is believed to have been done by Angela Kelly, the Queen’s personal adviser and curator, who designs a number of her outfits

After Wednesday’s service, Dr David Hoyle, the Dean of Westminster, said: ‘It was wonderful to see Her Majesty in such good spirits and in such good health

« We talked about the centenary and the life of the abbey This is the place where she got married and she is aware of these associations

« This is a time when the abbey is doing its job as a national place of worship The story of the unknown warrior touches us all It is very difficult for all churches to close their doors, it goes against all we are ordered to do is bring people together

« Like so many communities, we are divided and it is difficult It is very special for Her Majesty to do this, given the current restrictions I know, because people tell me, that these times when Her Majesty is at the abbey give us a feeling of renewed motivation and encouragement It makes us feel very privileged « 

The Queen was criticized for not wearing a face covering when she visited the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down in October with the Duke of Cambridge

At the time, Graham Smith, chief executive of Republic, who campaigns for an elected head of state, said the Queen should have ‘set an example’, while royal commentator Joe Little , editor of Majesty magazine, said advice would have been sought when planning the visit

Face masks are required by law in certain indoor environments such as public transport, in shops and places of worship

The government recommends wearing a face mask in indoor places where social distancing can be difficult and where the public comes into contact with those they do not normally meet

Commemorations were planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior – who depicts the World War I dead whose place of death is not known or whose remains are not identified – and the unveiling of the cenotaph, both organized in November 11, 1920

But the Queen requested the service after the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the plans, which allegedly involved the royals, to be downsized, and the 94-year-old monarch, who passed the first lockdown shield at Windsor Castle, was advised not to attend an abbey service marking the warrior’s centenary next week

The concept of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior was inspired by the Reverend David Railton, who had served as a chaplain on the Western Front during WWI

After the conflict, he wrote to the then Westminster dean, Herbert Ryle, about his proposal which was later supported by King George V and Prime Minister David Lloyd George

The body was chosen from four unknown British servicemen, exhumed from four combat zones by Brigadier General Louis Wyatt, commander of British forces in France and Flanders, and brought back to Britain

On November 11, 1920, the coffin was draped in a union flag and taken in a rifle cart to the cenotaph, where Queen George V’s grandfather laid a wreath there before the warrior was buried in the abbey

Queen Elizabeth II, the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey

World News – UK – Queen wears face mask in public for the first time


SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com

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