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Queen heartbreak: Will Queen miss key royal moment as restrictions tighten?

Like much of the UK, the Queen has been subject to the wealth of restrictions and rules lockdown has brought. The spread of coronavirus has impacted every corner of the country, forcing businesses to close, events to be postponed and increasing pressure on the NHS.

At 94, the Queen is at risk of complications and severe illness from the virus.

And so, she and Prince Philip, 99, have been isolating either at Windsor Castle, Balmoral or Sandringham since the outbreak began.

This has seen several royal events being cancelled this year – including the Queen’s annual garden parties – and a rather lonely Trooping the Colour for the Queen.

Now new rules are in place across the UK, with a three-tier system implemented this week.

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The system puts areas of the UK into three distinct tiers, based on their levels of coronavirus, infection rates and strains on the health service.

From Saturday, October 17, London will enter into Tier 2, which will see those in the capital banned from socialising with anyone not in their household.

As the outbreak continues and tiered restrictions are enforced across the country, Buckingham Palace announced the cancellation of future royal engagements until 2021.

In a statement on their website Buckingham Palace said: “In line with current government guidelines, and as a sensible precaution in the current circumstances, there will be no large scale events held at Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle for the rest of this year.

“A variety of possibilities were examined to see if it was possible for Investitures to safely take place in line with the guidelines. .”

“Sadly, due to the large numbers of guests and recipients attending, it was not possible to find a way of safely delivering these events in the current circumstances. Recipients will be contacted directly.

“The Queen’s intention remains to return to Windsor Castle in October and to resume the use of Buckingham Palace during an Autumn programme of Audiences and engagements, in line with all relevant guidance and advice.”

However, one event will be taking place this year – and it will be held next month.

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On the second Sunday of November each year, the Queen leads the whole nation in remembering those who have died in world wars and other conflicts.

This is particularly poignant for the Queen as both she and her husband Prince Philip served during World War 2.

Then Princess Elizabeth joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) at the age of 19 to help the war effort.

Prince Philip served in the Royal Navy and was present on a ship in Tokyo Bay when Imperial Japan surrendered, effectively ending the war.

The Remembrance Sunday commemoration takes place each year in a ceremony at the Cenotaph – a war memorial on Whitehall.

Members of the Royal Family usually join the Queen and leaders from the UK and around the world to pay tribute to the fallen for Remembrance Day.

Wreaths are placed on the memorial, a short religious service held and a bugle call sounded.

While Remembrance Day is November 11, the Cenotaph service takes place each year on the second Sunday in November, which this year would be Sunday, November 8.

Now the Department for Media, Culture and Sport announced on October 15th this year’s Remembrance Sunday events will take place, but will only involve the Royal Family, some politicians and military leaders.

The public is being asked to pay respects at home given the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

This will be the first time there will be no public participation at the event since it began.

Buckingham Palace has not yet announced which Royal Family members will take part in the service.

However the Queen was seen out and about on Thursday, attending her first royal engagement since the pandemic began.

She visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down near Salisbury with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.

A palace source said specific advice on precautions to take during the visit was sought.

They also said everyone who met the royals had tested negative for coronavirus.

Similar precautions may be put in place ahead of the Remembrance Sunday service, if the Queen does attend.

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