Queen joined by William and Kate and Windsor Castle
Critics were reminded the 94-year-old monarch was not actually breaking the rules to fight the coronavirus pandemic because she did not have to wear a face-covering outside. Fury erupted after the Queen enjoyed a Christmas carol performance on the steps of her Windsor Castle home – as she welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their Royal Train tour of the country. As a Salvation Army band played festive tunes for the Queen and her family gathered around her, the head of state could be seen quietly singing along.
The Queen’s appearance was the first time she has been seen in public with senior members of the royal family en masse since before the COVID-19 crisis.
Despite being outdoors and observing social distancing measures, the head of state and her family were hit with criticism on social media for not wearing face masks.
Reacting to footage of the royals standing on the steps of Equerries’ entrance at Windsor Castle on Twitter, one user said: “No masks.”
Another user said: “They should all be wearing masks. The pandemic is not over.”
One posted: “The Royal Family just needs to do it. It sends a clear signal to others to please wear a mask.”
But royal fans hit back, saying it was time to “leave the royals alone” because there was “no more debating” about them breaking the rules.
One Express.co.uk reader commented: “The Royal Family are observing the rules at each situation. When indoors, such as the tented gazebo venue, they were standing at a 1.5m distance whilst wearing face masks and when they were outdoors, they observed the very clear cut distance of 2m without face masks.
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“Surely anyone with half a brain can recognise that when they were all on the steps outside, they were observing the safe distance protocol of one another + were even further removed from any member of the public.
“Apart from this, given Queen Elizabeth is 94 years old, she may find it difficult to breathe with a mask on for long periods of time, thus making her exempt on medical grounds. LEAVE THE ROYALS ALONE.”
Another said: “Her Majesty The Queen doesn’t have to do anything because she is the Queen, end off, no more debating, no more nitpicking.”
One added: “It was outside, she kept her distance, now back off and go do the dusting trolls…oh and by the way, if you missed it I am anti-royalist. But I believe in fairness.”
ITV News Royal Editor Chris Ship also intervened and pointed out they did not need to wear a face covering.
He tweeted: “They are outside. Masks are compulsory only inside where social distancing is not possible.”
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