At 94, she shouldn’t take any risks! While her husband, Prince Philip will celebrate his hundredth birthday next year, Elizabeth II must take many precautions in order not to contract Covid-19. So, the Queen has decided not to go to church, as she usually does, tomorrow as a “reasonable precaution” against the coronavirus. As the head of the Church of England and a person of strong personal faith, the monarch normally enjoys visiting Crathie Kirk, the church closest to her Balmoral estate, when she resides there. .
While each of her appearances provokes crowd movements, the grandmother of princes William and Harry thus preferred to take all possible precautions against the coronavirus. Royal sources have confirmed that the latter had flown with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh earlier this week for his annual summer stay at Balmoral Castle, but that they will stay away from the church tomorrow. One aide said: “It is just a reasonable precaution to take in these circumstances.” When Elizabeth II and Prince Philip landed at Aberdeen Airport, they were then met by a driver and taken directly to the castle. In order to minimize the risk of coronavirus, their staff had been quarantined for two weeks.
Crathie Kirk will reopen on Sunday
For 150 years, the British royal family has been very attached to Crathie Kirk Church. If the latter was closed during the pandemic, Reverend Kenneth Mackenzie confirmed it would reopen for Sunday morning services. Under current leadership, however, all worshipers will need to complete a form giving contact details for a possible Covid trace, wear masks and avoid singing. In addition, the social distance to the church means that there will only be 18 to 20 benches available giving a maximum capacity of reception of between 30 and 40 people. If Elizabeth II will not make the trip, Kenneth Mackenzie thinks it is “very unlikely” that the crowds will be allowed to gather outside.
Queen Elisabeth II of England at a reception in honor of the work carried out by the organ © Agence