Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

How Royal Family Is Protecting Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles Amid Coronavirus Fears

How Royal Family Is Protecting Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles Amid Coronavirus Fears

Meanwhile it became known that the coronavirus had been identified one of the employees at Buckingham Palace before the Queen left the residence. "In line with the appropriate guidance and our own processes, we've taken the necessary actions to protect all employees and people involved", a palace spokesperson told NDTV.

The Queen, 93, left the palace late last week after the diagnosis, moving to Windsor Castle where she remains, reportedly in good health. Buckingham Palace has a big staff, including 500 members, and much like any place of such volume and size, it was conceivable that someone would come down with the virus, the source added.

The Queen, who turns 94 on April 21, is set to be based at Windsor Castle in south-east England with her 98-year-old husband Prince Philip for an extended period following consultation with her medical experts and the United Kingdom government.

It is unclear if she had closely communicated with the unnamed aide who went down with the infection early last week.

"We wouldn't comment on individual members of staff", a palace spokesman said.

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Six people who were previously infected with the virus have now recovered and the remaining patients are at home in isolation. At Monday's press conference, Henry said Lynn Valley had no seen 36 residents and 19 staffers infected by the virus.

According to Hemming, it will be especially important for the Queen and Prince Philip, who are both in their nineties, to take every health precaution available.

The novel Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has continued to spread throughout the world, with WHO confirming more than 260,000 cases globally.

The monarch said people can be assured that the royal family and Queen herself stand ready "to play our part".

She will give a morale-boosting address on live TV to help steer the nation through the coronavirus crisis.

"The voice of Her Majesty will provide calm reassurance that, ultimately, we will get through this", a source close to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

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