Queen Elizabeth II plans to keep calm and carry on to stop national panic over the novel coronavirus, according to a report on Sunday.
As the confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose above 200 in the UK, the 93-year-old monarch was determined to lead by example and continue her duties — even making trips overseas, sources told the Mail on Sunday.
It includes Monday’s historic Commonwealth Day service in Westminster Abbey, with a congregation of 2,000 expected to attend what is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s final official engagement before Megxit — and also their first time with the rest of the royals since their leaving announcement.
The Queen — who recently wore gloves to hand out awards — is determined to set an example by “keeping calm and carrying on” until there is “compelling advice to the contrary,” a senior royal source told the paper.
“It is thought that if the Queen or other senior members of the Royal Family were to self-isolate or change their plans it might spark panic in the general population,” the source told the Mail on Sunday.
Another source noted that the Queen has always lived up to the motto that first appeared to prepare Britain for World War II.
“The Queen didn’t change her schedule during the swine flu outbreak and has never changed her schedule after terrorist attacks,” the source told the UK paper.
“It’s business as usual,” the source insisted.
COVID-19 has seen another historic institution break centuries-old traditions, with the Pope on Sunday live-streaming his Sunday blessings to large screens because of the health risks in Italy.
Buckingham Palace told the paper it was “following current Government advice.”
“We would not speculate on what that advice might be in the future,” a spokesperson said.