Queen Elizabeth II is doing all she can to keep her head up in the face of one of her harshest adversaries — the coronavirus pandemic. The health crisis has forced the Queen to go on lockdown to protect her wellbeing.
At the age of 94, the Queen is vulnerable and is part of the high-risk groups, and she is making some drastic changes to her routines.
For the first time in her 68-year reign, the Queen of the United Kingdom will not be attending the famous Royal Ascot.
Due to the new norms in England — such as social distancing and no less than ten people are allowed to gather together, the iconic race meeting will take place behind closed doors for the first time in its history. The sporting event is a favorite of the head of the Commonwealth.
She and along with numerous royal family members gathered at the annual racehorses to give out trophies while showing off their fancy outfits and hats.
Royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams revealed that the Queen was broken-hearted by the cancellation of her appearance, but she understands that she must now live by the rules due to the nationwide lockdown.
Fitzwilliams explained that the Queen was disappointed and added: “The favorite event of the year is Royal Ascot, and we know how knowledgeable she is on equine matters. Ascot is magnificent, it’s a gloriously colorful kaleidoscope of color. The royal procession is one of its main features, and we know how keen the Queen is on it. Of course, she was disappointed, but she understood and appreciated the reason for the cancellation, which was unavoidable.”
Her Majesty did issue a statement where she spoke about her sadnesses due to the cancellation in these unprecedented times for the British people.
The Queen said: “I send my best wishes to the thousands of racing professionals and enthusiasts who will join me in celebrating this year’s Royal Ascot. In these challenging times, we are once again delighted to welcome the best horses and jockeys from across the world and pay tribute to those who have helped make this race meeting possible.”
She added: “This year, Ascot will feel different for many, as it is so often a chance for friends, families, and colleagues, to gather together and enjoy a shared passion. I am sure, however, that with the valiant efforts of the organizers, owners, trainers, and stable staff, it will remain one of Britain’s finest sporting occasions and a highlight of the racing calendar.”
There are currently 299,000 confirmed cases and 45,000 deaths because of the coronavirus in England. Millions of Britons will be watching the glorious event while safely inside their homes.