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Senior members of the Royal Family began to take gradual steps back to royal engagements by following strict social distancing guidelines. During the lockdown, all senior royals have appeared on Zoom meetings including the Queen’s making a historical debut with the technology. But one royal has predicted this method has paved the way for years to come as she expects royals won’t be going overseas for a couple of years.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, royal historian Marlene Koenig said: “For the time being and certainly for the next year if not longer, I’ve been thinking there won’t be any royal tours.
“This is a prediction, I don’t make these decisions.
“But we’re not going to see any overseas tours for a couple or years largely due to COVID-19.
“You’re going to see far more things happening in the UK or maybe more online Zoom meetings with countries in the Commonwealth.”
She added: “There’s going to be no tours for some time.
“I also think that’s going to be the case in the UK as well, although we’re seeing royals in other countries visiting hospitals and wearing masks.”
Her comments come as Prince William has celebrated his 38th birthday.
The Duke of Cambridge, who is second in line to the throne, is just one of a number of royals who have celebrated birthdays during the lockdown.
The Queen turned 94 and also marked her official birthday, the Duke of Edinburgh turned 99 earlier this month, while Louis turned two in April and Charlotte reached age five in May.
The royals have stayed apart during the pandemic, and are scattered around the country at their various homes.
William, a future king, has kept himself busy during the crisis with royal video calls, and in the past week, stepping out for the re-starting of physical royal engagements – albeit with social distancing as a key element.
The duke is the most senior royal in line to the throne who is not considered most at risk of coronavirus because of his age.
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William has opened up about his life in lockdown, in a variety of calls with charities, saying the success of his family meals depends very much on “what’s on the table”.
At his first face-to-face meeting with the public in months when he met ambulance crews in Norfolk on Tuesday, he confessed he was looking forward to being able to go to the local pub for a pint when it was allowed.
He also joked: “I’m worried about the waistline of the nation as well, with all the chocolate and cakes.
“I’ve done a lot of baking at home. Chocolate goes down very well.”
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