Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has quit Buckingham Palace over coronavirus sweeping through the UK and entire Europe like wildfire.
Her Majesty, 93, was whisked to Windsor Castle after Cobra crisis talks, The Sun reported. There are plans to quarantine her and Prince Philip, 98, at Sandringham if the outbreak worsens, according to the outlet.
The Queen was chauffeured to Windsor on Thursday. A royal source said: “She is in good health but it was thought best to move her. A lot of her staff are a bit panicky over coronavirus.
“The Palace hosts a constant stream of visitors including politicians and dignitaries from around the world.
“The Queen has met a lot of people there until recently. But she is weeks away from her 94th birthday and advisers believe it is best to get her out of harm’s way.
“Buckingham Palace is in the middle of London and also has a bigger staff than other estates so is deemed a much more dangerous location.
“There have been no specific scares or positive tests there yet but no one wants to take any chances.”
The Queen’s court could also be moved permanently during the crisis.
Heir to the throne the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have already pulled out of their spring overseas tour just days before it was due to begin, raising the prospect that more royal engagements could face cancellation in the coming weeks.
The Queen, 93, was due to visit the Bentley Motors Factory in Crewe, and the Jodrell Bank Observatory and Square Kilometre Array Global Headquarters in Macclesfield on March 19.
Prince Charles and Camilla had been due to start their spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan on March 17. It would have marked the first time a royal has visited Cyprus since the Queen in 1993.
If you’re just visiting our site, here’s a recap of some of the biggest developments in Europe today:
The total number of confirmed cases in the UK doubled in the last 24 hours with a total of 1,140 while 37,746 people have been tested.
Spain has recorded 1,500 more cases of Covid-19 since Friday evening – nearly 1,000 of these are in the capital, Madrid. This brings the national total to 191 deaths and 6,046 infections, and to curb the spread the government is poised to declare a 15-day national lockdown on Monday. This means people would be allowed out only for emergencies or work, or to buy food.
Italy continues to be the worst-hit country in Europe. Its official death toll has jumped 14% to 1,441, and total confirmed cases have risen to 21,157.
Denmark reported its first death from the virus – an 81-year-old who was already in hospital for a serious illness.
The Czech government has ordered shops and restaurants to close for 10 days. Schools have already been closed in the country and bans are in place on public events like sports games and concerts.
Norway has announced that it will temporarily close all its airports from Monday 0800 CET (0700 GMT) to stop the virus from spreading
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