Queen ready for move to Windsor Castle

The Queen is leaving London for Windsor Castle on Thursday, as she socially distances herself amid the coronavirus pandemic.

She is heading for the sanctuary of her Berkshire home a week earlier than she normally would at this time of year, and is expected to remain there beyond the Easter period.

The Queen, 93, carried out official duties the day before her planned departure, but held her weekly audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the phone.

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FILE - In this Aug. 1951 file photo then Princess Elizabeth stands with her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their children Prince Charles and Princess Anne at the couple's London residence at Clarence House. Britain's Prince Philip on Wednesday Aug. 2, 2017 retires from solo official duties. Over the decades he has become renowned for his stalwart support of his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. (AP Photo, File)
The Duke of Edinburgh and his wife Princess Elizabeth leave the Guildhall, where he received the Freedom of the City of London.
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Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, walks through the Royal Gallery from the Robing Room to the Chamber of the House of Lords at the State Opening of Parliament. It was the first time photographs of the ceremony were permitted and it was also televised for the first time.
Queen Elizabeth II walks through the Royal Gallery accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh for the State Opening of Parliament.
January 17, 2019 - Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh was not injured in a two-car crash as he was driving his Land Rover near Sandringham Estate. - File Photo by: zz/KGC-107/STAR MAX/IPx 2018 6/24/18 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh at the Royal Windsor Cup Final at the Guards Polo Club and the British Driving Society Annual Show at Smith's Lawn in Windsor Great Park. (Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh board their Trident airliner of the British European Airways at Heathrow Airport, on their way to Malta for a four-day visit.
The Royal Family in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor, Berkshire. Left to right: Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh view the model vintage cars presented to them for their sons, Prince Edward and Prince Andrew, at the Royal world premiere of the film 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, and Prince Philip wait for the arrival by open carriage of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank following their wedding in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)
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Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive for the wedding of Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, near London, England, Friday Oct. 12, 2018. (Jonathan Brady, Pool via AP)
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Front from left: Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Rear From left, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, Price William, Meghan Markle, and her fiancee Prince Harry, right, as they wait for the Queen to leave by car following the traditional Christmas Day church service, at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh leave together after attending a church service at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, England, Sunday Jan. 14, 2018. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)
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2016 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves as she watches the flypast, with Prince Philip, to right, Prince William, centre, with his son Prince George, front, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge holding Princess Charlotte, centre left, with The Prince of Wales standing with The Duchess of Cornwall, and Princess Anne, fourth left, on the balcony during the Trooping The Colour parade at Buckingham Palace, in London, on June 11, 2016. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress marched in London in the annual parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The Trooping the Colour tradition originates from preparations for battle, when flags were carried or "trooped" down the rank for soldiers to see. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File)
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The monarch had planned to meet Mr Johnson face to face as usual.

Her Wednesday audience with the PM will, for the foreseeable future, take place on the phone.

The monarch did, however, hold two face-to-face audiences at the Palace.

She greeted Captain Angus Essenhigh, who is the new commanding officer of the Royal Navy warship HMS Queen Elizabeth, and his predecessor Commodore Stephen Moorhouse, in her private audience room.

There were no handshakes, only bows, as they chatted on separate seats around the fireplace.

The Queen also had an audience with Louise Tait, who was relinquishing her appointment as the Scottish communications secretary, the Court Circular – the daily record of official royal engagements – showed.

On Thursday, the Queen was meant to be carrying out an away-day of engagements in Cheshire, but the visit to Crewe and Macclesfield was postponed last week.

The Queen, who is understood to be in good health, will be based at Windsor with a reduced number of staff.

The castle is her favourite home when she is not away during the summer and at Christmas.

She will be following appropriate advice from her medical household and the Government.

Mr Johnson has called on everyone in the UK, particularly the over-70s, to avoid all non-essential contact and travel as part of unprecedented peacetime measures aimed at controlling the spread of Covid-19.

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Late-night drinkers in Soho continue into the early hours of Sunday morning as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Late-night drinkers in Soho dance on the street in the early hours of Sunday morning as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman poses with a street cleaner in Soho as drinkers continue into the early hours of Sunday morning, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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A street cleaner sweeps a street in Soho as late-night drinkers continue into the early hours of Sunday morning as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Police officers are seen breaking up a fight outside a pub in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Police officers are seen breaking up a fight outside a pub in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A man is seen being carried on his friend's shoulders in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Police officers are seen walking through heavy crowds in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Passengers in a taxi are seen laughing as they drive through thick crowds in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: Revellers are seen drinking in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 04: A couple are seen embracing in heavy crowds in Soho on July 4, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The UK Government announced that Pubs, Hotels and Restaurants can open from Saturday, July 4th providing they follow guidelines on social distancing and sanitising. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)
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A girl plays guitar and a couple kiss under a mural depicting William Shakespeare on the south bank of river Thames, as the capital is set to reopen after the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak, in London, Saturday, July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Members of the public are seen at a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, wearing a mask against the spread of the coronavirus, attends a press conference after he clocked the second fastest time during the qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring racetrack in Spielberg, Austria, Saturday, July 4, 2020. The Austrian Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (Mario Renzi/Pool via AP)
A member of staff at Solvay Society brewery in Leytonstone pours a beer on the first day of reopening after the lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak, in London, Saturday, July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Members of the public are seen at a bar in Manchester's Northern Quarter, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
A member of the public shares a joke with police on Canal Street in Manchester's gay village, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
NHS staff and campaigners on Westminster Bridge take part in a candlelit procession from St Thomas' Hospital, to Downing Street, London where they are holding a vigil for those who have died as a result of coronavirus and marking the 72nd anniversary of the NHS. Each lantern represents 1000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the UK.
The National Theatre draped in tape at the launch of the #MissingLiveTheatre campaign by Scene Change, the collective of British Theatre Designers. This follows advice that its 400 team of casual workers would be laid off. The National Theatre has told its 400-strong team of casual staff that they will lose their jobs in a move it said was unavoidable as the Covid-19 crisis continues to force job losses across the British theatre landscape. (Photo by David Mbiyu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Pariss Boseley-Yemm holds a thermometer at the reopening of The Salon Leeds, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across the country, in Leeds, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. Restrictions which were imposed on March 23 have been eased allowing businesses including pubs, restaurants and hair salons, to reopen to members of the public with measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Danny Lawson/PA via AP)
Campaigners hold lanterns outside Downing Street for British NHS medical and care workers who have died due to COVID-19, in London, Friday, July 3, 2020. A number of NHS staff and campaigners carried one lantern to represent people who have died due to COVID-19, as they walked from St. Thomas' Hospital over Westminster Bridge to then hold a candlelit vigil outside Downing Street, where they read out a small number of representative names of NHS staff who died. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Stylist Tommy D'Amour cuts the hair of client Lea Jantz at Tusk Hair in Camden, London, after opening at midnight to the first post-lockdown customer as restrictions are eased across England early Saturday, July 4, 2020. The easing of restrictions, which were imposed on March 23, allows businesses including pubs, restaurants and hair salons, to reopen to members of the public with measures in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
People riding horses cross the Epsom Downs Racecourse onto the Downs within, in Epsom, England, Friday, July 3, 2020. The Derby annual horse race will take place behind closed doors on upcoming Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
People walk past closed shops in Leicester, England, Tuesday June 30, 2020. The British government has reimposed lockdown restrictions in the English city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections, including the closure of shops that don't sell essential goods and schools. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Protective screens dividing tables at a Wetherspoons pub The Mossy Well in Muswell Hill, London, ahead of pubs reopening on July 4, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A protective shield for customers surrounds the card payment machine at the bar of a Wetherspoons pub The Mossy Well in Muswell Hill, London, ahead of pubs reopening on July 4, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
A member of the army collects a test at a coronavirus testing station set up in Victoria Park in Leicester, England, Tuesday June 30, 2020. The British government has reimposed lockdown restrictions in the English city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections, including the closure of shops that don't sell essential goods and schools. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
People arrive at a walk in coronavirus testing station set up in Spinney Hill park in Leicester, England, Tuesday June 30, 2020. The British government has reimposed lockdown restrictions in the English city of Leicester after a spike in coronavirus infections, including the closure of shops that don't sell essential goods and schools. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
A Caffe Ritazza in Waterloo Station, London as SSP, the company behind railway station and airport chains, is reportedly planning to make more than half of its UK workforce redundant.
A passenger waits at a bus stop with a sign advising travellers to wear a face covering whilst travelling, in London, Friday, June 5, 2020. It will become compulsory to wear face coverings whilst using public transport in England from Monday June 15. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A city council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre at Spinney Park which will be incinerated on June 29, 2020 in Leicester, England. In a television appearance on Sunday, British Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed the government was considering a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. The city's mayor has said that Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A pedestrian passes a mural thanking key workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic in the centre of Leicester, central England, on June 29, 2020. - The central English city of Leicester could be the country's first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel said on June 28. The Midlands city recorded 658 new cases in the two weeks up to June 16, many linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: A woman wearing a PPE mask walks past social distance advisory singns in Leicester's North Evington neighbourhood on June 29, 2020 in Leicester, England. In a television appearance on Sunday, British Home Secretary Priti Patel confirmed the government was considering a local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases in the city. The city's mayor has said that Pubs and restaurants in Leicester may stay closed for two more weeks due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks past a stencilled message reminding people to practice social distancing as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19 in the centre of Leicester, central England, on June 29, 2020. - The central English city of Leicester could be the country's first to face a local lockdown due to a rise in coronavirus cases, the UK's Home Secretary Priti Patel said on June 28. The Midlands city recorded 658 new cases in the two weeks up to June 16, many linked to fresh outbreaks at food production plants. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
A Coronavirus testing station has been set up in Victoria Park Leicester
A member of staff at the Apple store in Edinburgh's Princes Street takes the temperature of a customer before entering as non-essential stores across the country reopen today as part of Scotland's phased plan to ease out of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Members of the public in Leicester City Centre as speculation grows about a localised lockdown in Leicester a localised lockdown in Leicester
John Turner, landlord of The Dolphin pub in Llanymynech, where the border for England and Wales runs along the A483. Drinking establishments on one side of the A road such as The Cross Keys and The Bradford Arms will welcome customers on Saturday 4th July, however The Dolphin, a pub yards inside the Welsh border remains closed.
Social distancing signage at a store in Llanymynech, where the border for England and Wales runs along the A483. Drinking establishments on one side of the A road such as The Cross Keys and The Bradford Arms will welcome customers on Saturday 4th July, however The Dolphin, a pub yards inside the Welsh border remains closed.
A person in their car looks on as they make their way through the lion reserve at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, which reopens today as part of Scotland's phased plan to ease out of the coronavirus lockdown.
Labour Leader Keir Starmer joins in a games lesson during a visit to Torriano School in Camden, north London, where he saw the work teachers are doing to keep children educated during lockdown.
Zoo keepers feed the penguins as members of the public visit Edinburgh Zoo, which reopens today as part of Scotland's phased plan to ease out of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Pride in London show parade highlights on the Picadilly screen at Picadilly Circus on June 27, 2020 in London, England. In line with government guideline, the annual Pride parade had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Pride in London)
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View of No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in west London on June 27, 2020 the weekend before the Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament were due to start on June 29. - There was none of the usual bustle of preparations the Saturday before the top tennis stars would normally decend on Wimbledon for The Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. The Championships, which were due to start on June 29, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Bob MARTIN / AELTC / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by BOB MARTIN/AELTC/AFP via Getty Images)
Businesses are opening in the area of Brick Lane, east London as the British Government has eased the lockdown measures, due to the coronavirus outbreak, London on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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Rubbish that has been collected by locals at Tynemouth beach in north east England, after a busy day there yesterday. (Photo by Owen Humphreys/PA Images via Getty Images)
A woman wearing a face mask walks amid shoppers on Oxford Street in heatwave conditions in London, England, on June 25, 2020. Temperatures rose to 33C in parts of London today, in what has been one of the UK's hottest days of the year so far. Central London was nonetheless busy with shoppers this afternoon as the retail sector mounts its comeback after coronavirus lockdown restrictions on non-essential shops were eased at the beginning of last week. Among retailers, confidence is reportedly low that recovery will be swift, however, with a survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today revealing fears of reduced consumer demand as well as operational challenges such as staff absences and transport difficulties. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A man wearing a face mask stands on Oxford Street in heatwave conditions in London, England, on June 25, 2020. Temperatures rose to 33C in parts of London today, in what has been one of the UK's hottest days of the year so far. Central London was nonetheless busy with shoppers this afternoon as the retail sector mounts its comeback after coronavirus lockdown restrictions on non-essential shops were eased at the beginning of last week. Among retailers, confidence is reportedly low that recovery will be swift, however, with a survey from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) today revealing fears of reduced consumer demand as well as operational challenges such as staff absences and transport difficulties. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: People with face masks sit on the sea wall at the beach on June 25, 2020 in Southend-on-Sea, England. The UK is experiencing a summer heatwave, with temperatures in many parts of the country expected to rise above 30C and weather warnings in place for thunderstorms at the end of the week. (Photo by John Keeble/Getty Images)
A hand-made sign alongside the A82 road in Glencoe, Highlands, as Scotland moves into the second phase of its four-step plan to ease out of lockdown.
Hand-made signs warning people to consider the local community alongside the road in Ballachulish in the Highlands as Scotland moves into the second phase of its four-step plan to ease out of lockdown.
Operations supervisor Dave Warren sprays social distance measure signs on the ground in the new World of Dinosaurs attraction explaining social distancing measures at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where staff are preparing to open the attraction on June 29 as part of Scotland's phased release of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Operations supervisor Dave Warren cleans hand rails at the sea lion pool explaining social distancing measures at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where staff are preparing to open the attraction on June 29 as part of Scotland's phased release of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Operations supervisor Dave Warren installs signs in the rhino yard explaining social distancing measures at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling where staff are preparing to open the attraction on June 29 as part of Scotland's phased release of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
A coronavirus prevention sign in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, as Thursday could be the UK's hottest day of the year with scorching temperatures forecast to rise even further.
A woman wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), of a face mask or covering as a precautionary measure against spreading COVID-19, arrives on the beach in the sea in Southend on Sea, south east England, on June 24, 2020. - Just days after lockdown ended and European travel restrictions were lifted, many were staying home in the cool Tuesday as a heatwave hit the continent with temperatures touching 40 degrees Celcius. Britain was bracing for a flood of visitors to its beaches with the heatwave expected to last until Friday and temperatures set to climb into the mid-30s in the south and centre of the country. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) (Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)
PORTHCAWL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: An aerial drone camera view of Sandy Bay beach and Coney Beach pleasure park which remains closed due to coronavirus restrictions as the Met Office warn temperatures could reach 34 degrees this week on June 24, 2020 in Porthcawl, United Kingdom. The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford has announced that all non-essential shops will be allowed to open their doors again in Wales from Monday but people will be asked to continue to "stay local" with five miles given as guidance until July 6. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
An employee at Marwell Zoo in Hampshire paints social distancing markers in the shape of a paw print outside the Amur Tigers enclosure, as the zoo prepares to reopen to the public from Monday June 29, as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Crowds of people gather in Woolton Village, Liverpool and drink alcohol served from local food outlets as further coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in England.
People enjoying the weather on the beach in Bournemouth as cruise liner docked in the background following the Coronavirus outbreak.
AFC Bournemouth substitutes stand for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the coronavirus before the Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.
General view of empty walkway towards the Amex Stadium ahead of the game against Arsenal during the Premier League match back following the Coronavirus outbreak.
Players and officials stand for a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the coronavirus before the Premier League match at the London Stadium.
Steven Butterly from Azurablu Scotland Ltd during an electrostatic disinfection clean which follows a deep clean at Ross Sales and Lettings in Glasgow. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images)
A customer enters a branch of Greggs in Winchester, Hampshire, as the bakery chain reopens 800 stores across the UK following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
Primark staff in the Belfast city centre store as it opens its doors to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
A customer queues outside Primark in Belfast as some non-essential shops in Northern Ireland open their doors to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Enda Stevens of Sheffield United during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Sheffield United at Villa Park on June 17, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
A general view shows jockeys returning from the unplaced finishers on day two of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 17, 2020, which is taking place behind 'closed doors' due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ALAN CROWHURST/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
A sign reminding people that the Toilets are hangs at the Kenilworth Castle fence during its reopening. Six sites managed by the English Heritage have reopened to the public this week after closing amid the coronavirus outbreak. Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Gardens in Warwickshire are some of the six sites that have adopted a one way system around the whole site, with separate entrance and exit points, along with social distancing markers. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Frankie Dettori is seen in the Queen's silks ahead of the Hampton Court Stakes on day two of the Royal Ascot horse racing meet, in Ascot, west of London, on June 17, 2020, which is taking place behind 'closed doors' due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Edward Whitaker / POOL / AFP) (Photo by EDWARD WHITAKER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Stewards at a gate entering Villa Park in Birmingham as Aston Villa prepare play Sheffield United in the first Premier League match back following the Coronavirus outbreak. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
FALMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Lee McIntyre of Jam vinyl records and coffee shop poses for the photographer on June 17, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The British government have relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly from Monday June 15, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors. Places of worship will allow individual prayers and protective facemasks become mandatory on public transport. (Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images)
FALMOUTH, ENGLAND - JUNE 17: Maddy Amos of the Falmouth Bookseller poses for the photographer on June 17, 2020 in Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The British government have relaxed coronavirus lockdown laws significantly from Monday June 15, allowing zoos, safari parks and non-essential shops to open to visitors. Places of worship will allow individual prayers and protective facemasks become mandatory on public transport. (Photo by Hugh R Hastings/Getty Images)
In the 24hrs that a further 38 died from Coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,736, a further easing of the UKs Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions took place with many high street shops today being allowed to re-open after three months of forced closure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanting to stimulate the economy, has urged people to "shop with confidence" and long queues formed outside the main brands. But unlike on public transport, face coverings are not compulsory so shop floors and shopping practices have had to be adapted to ensure customers social distances, amid fears of a second infection wave. A social distance sign advising on the 2 metre rule outside the John Lewis department store on Oxford Street, on 15th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
EASTLEIGH, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/15: An employee at Top Gift Mobile stall wears a face shield and mask as preventive measure while working. (Photo by Dawn Fletcher-Park/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
In the 24hrs that a further 38 died from Coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,736, a further easing of the UKs Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions took place with many high street shops today being allowed to re-open after three months of forced closure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanting to stimulate the economy, has urged people to "shop with confidence" and long queues formed outside the main brands. But unlike on public transport, face coverings are not compulsory so shop floors and shopping practices have had to be adapted to ensure customers social distances, amid fears of a second infection wave. A security lady with blue gloves stands at an exit-only door and shows shoppers where to queue 2 metres apart outside Selfridges on Oxford Street, on 15th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
In the 24hrs that a further 38 died from Coronavirus, bringing the total to 41,736, a further easing of the UKs Covid pandemic lockdown restrictions took place with many high street shops today being allowed to re-open after three months of forced closure. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wanting to stimulate the economy, has urged people to "shop with confidence" and long queues formed outside the main brands. But unlike on public transport, face coverings are not compulsory so shop floors and shopping practices have had to be adapted to ensure customers social distances, amid fears of a second infection wave. Apple employees wait for shoppers in a queue in Hannover Street to have their forehead temperatures taken with a Thermo Flash infrared no-contact thermometer before being allowed into the Apple Store around the corner in Regent Street, on 15th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
Hundreds of shoppers stand in line ahead of the store opening at Primark in Birmingham as non-essential shops in England open their doors to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown restrictions were imposed in March. (Photo by Jacob King/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUN 14, 2020 - Coronavirus: social distancing signs in Wood Green, non essential shops are allowed to open from tomorrow 15th June- PHOTOGRAPH BY Matthew Chattle / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Matthew Chattle/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Indoor Stall Holders prepare to open their shops for tomorrow, at Camden Market on June 14, 2020 in London, UK .As the British government further relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures in England, this week sees preparations being made to open non-essential stores and Transport for London handing out face masks to commuters. International travelers arriving in the UK will face a 14-day quarantine period. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Social Distancing Signs on the Cobbles of Camden Market on June 14, 2020 in London, UK .As the British government further relaxes Covid-19 lockdown measures in England, this week sees preparations being made to open non-essential stores and Transport for London handing out face masks to commuters. International travelers arriving in the UK will face a 14-day quarantine period. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Two mourners pay their respects on June 14, 2020 in London, England. Official memorials for the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 72 people, were held online this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An ongoing public inquiry into the disaster criticised the London Fire Brigade for its "stay put" strategy, in which emergency personnel told residents to stay in their flats for nearly two hours after the fire began. (Photo by Anselm Ebulue/Getty Images)
A member of Black Lives Matter movement, wearing a protective mask against the spread of coronavirus, waits at Hyde Park in London, print to a rally, Saturday, June 13, 2020. British police have imposed strict restrictions on groups planning to protest in London Saturday in a bid to avoid violent clashes between protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as far-right groups. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13: Sisters Rosie, Grace and Alex McQueen along with their parents and dog Molly watch Grease on the big screen in the Titanic Quarter from their classic camper van on June 13, 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The drive-in cinema is the first of its kind taking place in the UK as some of the restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic are relaxed. Drive-In Cinema Belfast who organised the event will donate all the profits towards Covid-19 research at Queens University, Belfast. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/13: Shoppers use the provided hand washing facility at the entrance of Greenwich market. The government advised that non-essential shops which have been shut since March, could reopen so long as they can apply social distancing rules and follow other measures. (Photo by David Mbiyu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/13: People shopping at Greenwich market. The government advised that non-essential shops which have been shut since March, could reopen so long as they can apply social distancing rules and follow other measures. (Photo by David Mbiyu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JUNE 13: Movie goers watch Grease on the big screen in the Titanic Quarter beneath the famous Harland and Wolff cranes on June 13, 2020 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The drive-in cinema is the first of its kind taking place in the UK as some of the restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic are relaxed. Drive-In Cinema Belfast who organised the event will donate all the profits towards Covid-19 research at Queens University, Belfast. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)
Members of the Welsh Guards perform in front of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a ceremony to mark her official birthday at Windsor Castle in Windsor, southeast England on June 13, 2020, as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 94th birthday this year. (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE / POOL / AFP) (Photo by TOBY MELVILLE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 13: Activists chant as the face police officers on Parliament Street, as far-right linked groups gather around London's statues on June 13, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. Following a social media post by the far-right activist known as Tommy Robinson, members of far-right linked groups have gathered around statues in London. Several statues in the UK have been targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters for their links to racism and the slave trade. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
With the UK's Coronavirus pandemic lockdown easing with preparations going ahead for the opening of more public transport and services plus shops, another 151 have died from Covid-19 bringing the total in the last 24hrs to 41,279. Social distance guides ensure passengers climb the steps into Waterloo Station on the right-hand side, and descend on the opposite left side while Britons are being asked to wear face coverings and to stay apart which is in line with government requirements for all users of public trransport starting next Monday (15th June), on 11th June 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images)
In this Tuesday, June 9, 2020 photo, Nurse Lucy Wraith, left, wearing PPE, personal protective equipment ties a surgical mask around Chloe Allison as they test the measures taken by the practice to receive suspected coronavirus patients at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre, in Grimsby, northeast England. (Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool Photo via AP)
A woman walks past a shop window in the Victoria Square shopping centre, Belfast, after all shopping centres and retailers were given the green light to reopen in a significant relaxation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions in Northern Ireland. (Photo by Brian Lawless/PA Images via Getty Images)
A solo cyclist rides through a deserted Camden High Street during the 12th week of the lockdown. The government announced on Tuesday that non-essential shops, which have been shut since March, can reopen on Monday, so long as they can apply social distancing rules. (Photo by David Mbiyu / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
File photo dated 22/4/2020, the day when PA asked its photographers to take one picture at NOON to show the impact of coronavirus on the UK and Ireland. It shows Liverpool waterfront practically deserted as shops and business remain closed and the population in lockdown in the continuing fight against the coronavirus.
File photo dated 08/06/20 of passengers Guy arriving at Terminal 2 at Heathrow Airport in London. Travel and hospitality firms campaigning against the UK's quarantine policy say they have received "private assurances" that air bridges will be introduced by the end of the month.
The name of Genevieve Burnett is added by family members to a memorial Wall with the words "We Grieve" where the names of local people who have died from COVID-19 and other non-coronavirus related causes like terminal illness during the Coronavirus outbreak are written on hoarding around Liberty Hall on Clapton Common, London. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
BARNSTAPLE, ENGLAND - JUNE 11: Detailed view of a handwashing station as Preparations are made at Exmoor Zoo ahead of the Relaxing of Covid-19 Restrictions on June 11, 2020 in Barnstaple, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
Grass roots soccer referees form a guard of honour and clap for the hearse carrying Jermaine Wright, a referee of the Hackney Marshes grassroots football league who died of COVID-19 in London, Thursday, June 11, 2020. The deadly coronavirus has killed thousands of people in Britain, but each death is not just a number, and is deeply personal for each family, group of colleagues and friends.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 09: Cleaners spray a peroxide based disinfectant on handrails and surfaces as a protective measure against the spread of Covid-19 inside the currently closed North Terminal at Gatwick Airport on June 9, 2020 in London, England. Gatwick Airport has introduced a range of protective measures to battle the spread of COVID-19 as the airport prepares to increase operating hours from June 15, 2020, and to resume operations at the North Terminal with a range of airlines. The airport’s North Terminal closed in March due to the impact that coronavirus outbreak had on the number of flights able to operate. (Photo by Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images)
Dentist Dr Salisha Amin prepares for an aerosol generating procedure (AGP) wearing full PPE at Woodford Dental Care in north London as the practice opens up for the first time since the UK went into coronavirus lockdown.
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The Queen, the nation's longest reigning monarch, will celebrate her 94th birthday next month, and the risk of more severe symptoms from the coronavirus is greater for the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.

Buckingham Palace has said public royal events with large numbers of people in the coming months would be cancelled or postponed.

The annual Maundy Service, where the Queen hands out Maundy money on the Thursday before Easter, was due to take place at St George's Chapel in Windsor, but has been cancelled.

The Buckingham Palace garden parties have also been called off, and investitures will be rescheduled.

Princess Beatrice has cancelled her royal wedding reception in the palace gardens in May, but is still planning to wed in a small private ceremony if possible.

The Queen is not the only member of the royal family affected by the Government's advice on social distancing.

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File photo dated 19/12/1953 of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh driving past a crowd of Fijians as they leave a sports meeting in Lautoka. The Queen became Head of the Commonwealth upon the death of her father on February 6 1952 and visited Bermuda and Jamaica, before boarding SS Gothic to visit Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand and Australia between 1953 and 1954.
File photo dated 25/12/17 of Queen Elizabeth II in the Long Library at Sandringham shortly after making her Christmas Day broadcast to the nation. The monarch made her first Christmas broadcast live on the radio in 1952 � the year of her accession � and the annual message was first shown on TV in 1957.
Accompanied by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopa, arrive at Buckingham Palace at the start of their state visit to Britain.
Prince Charles waits for his mother as Princess Anne walks up the steps past her father, the Duke of Edinburgh, after they had returned home from a tour of the Commonwealth.
File photo dated 05/04/1955 of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill bowing to Queen Elizabeth II as he welcomes her and the Duke of Edinburgh to 10 Downing Street for dinner as the Queen turns 90 on the April 21st.
Princess Anne helps her mother Queen Elizabeth adjust the bridle of the pony 'Greensleeves' in the grounds of Balmoral on their summer holidays
The Prince of Wales, with Queen Elizabeth II and sister Princess Anne, at the Royal Windsor Horse Show at Home Park, Windsor Castle.
Queen Elizabeth II attends the 1957 Army Navy Match
Left to right, Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother and the Princess Royal at Epsom, for the Oaks.
Queen Elizabeth II at work, seated at her desk in Buckingham Palace, London. The Queen is seen opening one of the 'boxes' in which documents and papers, sorted for her attention, are sent upstairs by the Private Secretary. Behind the Queen is the Palace switchboard.
Making a happy group on the lawns at Balmoral, are the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and their three children Princess Anne, Prince Charles and baby Prince Andrew, on his father's knees.
The Queen is offered food by girls in traditional Indian dress at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial at Raj Ghat, Delhi. Gandhi was cremated here following his assassination. This was the Queen's second visit to the site, the first was in 1961 when she planted a tree.
Queen Elizabeth II, in a white silk faille gown, shakes hands with Peter O'Toole when she meets him and other personalities before the world charity premiere of "Lawrence of Arabia' at the Odeon, Leicester Square.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she walks over a carpet of rose petals to enter Claridge's, Mayfair, London, to attend the banquet given by her State guests, King Paul and Queen Frederika of the Hellenes.
The Queen riding side-saddle as she returns to Buckingham Palace, London, after attending the Trooping the Colour ceremony on Horse Guards Parade. The parade is held in honour of the Queen's official birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing a shimmering frock of blue and white taffeta glistening with diamante and a white fur wrap, is escorted by Mr Bernard Delfont in to the London Palladium for the Royal Variety Performance.
Queen Elizabeth II walking back from the paddock after viewing the runners for the 1965 Derby.
(L-R) HRH Queen Elizabeth II presents the FA Cup to the winning captain, Liverpool's Ron Yeats.
Prince Andrew, who is at the handle of the pram, rocks Prince Edward, watched by (l-r) his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne, the Prince of Wales, and his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Prince Andrew offers his brother Prince Edward, being carried by his mum the Queen, a daffodil whilst eldest brother Prince Charles looks on at Windsor on the day of the Queen's 39th birthday.
England captain Bobby Moore holds the Jules Rimet Trophy, collected from the Queen, after leading his team to a 4-2 victory over West Germany, in an exciting World Cup Final that went to extra time at Wembley, London.
Queen Elizabeth II visiting St. Thomas' Hospital, London. During her visit with the Duke of Edinburgh she opened the newly established Dimbleby Research Laboratory and unveiled a commemorative plaque.
Embargoed to 0005 Saturday January 1, 2000 Library filer dated July 1 1969 of the Investiture at Caernarvon Castle of the Prince of Wales by his mother, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The depth of the concern by the Government led by Prime Minister Harold Wilson over ensuring security at the investiture is revealed in secret papers that have been made public Saturday January 1, 1999 under the 30-year rule. There was cponcern that the investiture, and the Prince's period of study at Aberystwyth would be disrupted by welsh extremists. See PA story RECORDS Investiture. PA Photo: available b/w only.
Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh (behind the Queen) arrive at the Royal Festival Hall, London for the Royal St. Cecilia's Day Concert in aid of the Musicians' Benevolent Fund and Allied Charities.
Queen Elizabeth II opening the Victoria Line, London's first completely new underground railway for 60 years. With her, from left; Maurice Holmes, Chairman of London Transport Board; F.E Wilkins, Chief Public Relations Officer, LTB; Anthony Bull, vice-chairman, LTB; Richard Marsh, Minister of Transport.
Queen Elizabeth II in her sitting room at Buckingham Palace during the filming of her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth.
The Royal family on the steps of Parliament Buildings, Wellington, after the State opening of Parliament by Her Majesty the Queen. (l-r) Princess Margaret, Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles (Prince of Wales).
A dazzling smile from Queen Elizabeth II in the Chelmsley Wood shopping centre during her visit to Birmingham.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary.
Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to the Isle of Man.
The Queen, watched by the Duke of Edinburgh, uses a gold plated camera to photograph her horse columbus at the veterinary inspection on the first day of the 1974 Badminton Horse Trials.
Catherine Cusack of Harrow presents a floral posy to the Queen on her arrival at Leicester Square Theatre. The Queen, accompanied by Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, attended the charity premiere of the Disney film The Island at the Top of the World.
An admirer reaches out to touch the Queen at Preston Railway Station, where she and Prince Philip were boarding a train for a tour of the electrification of the British Railways Anglo-Scottish route between Preston and Glasgow.
The Queen, photographed in the garden of Buckingham Palace during the recording of her 1975 Christmas broadcast. This is the first time The Queen has recorded her Christmas message out of doors.
The Queen in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace during the recording of her 1976 Christmas Day broadcast.
Queen Elizabeth ll meets Elizabeth Taylor and husband John Warner at a gala dinner in Washington in July 1976
Queen Elizabeth ll toasts President Gerald Ford during a State Visit to the USA in July, 1976.
** Full date not available** Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and Queen Elizabeth II in 1976.
The Queen arriving at Heathrow Central station in London in the driver's cab of a Tube Train, when she officially opened the �30 million Piccadilly Line extension linking Heathrow Airport with London's underground railway system. Pictured with her is Graeme Bruce, London Transport's Chief Operating Manager
A smile from Queen Elizabeth II as she meets people during a walkabout at Highbury Fields during her Silver Jubilee tour of north London.
Queen Elizabeth arrives in Mustique and is welcomed by Princess Margaret in 1977.
(L-R) Virginia Wade curtseys to HM Queen Elizabeth II as the latter hands over the Ladies' Singles trophy to the champion
Queen Elizabeth II on a walkabout among the crowds in Aberdeen, during her Silver Jubilee Tour of Britain.
The Golden State Coach at St Paul's Cathedral after arriving with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to attend a special service of thanksgiving for the Silver Jubilee.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh meet the cast of The Good Life at the BBC TV studios in Shepherd's Bush. They attended a recording of the show in aid of the Joint UK Appeal for the Commonwealth Games. The cast are (l-r) Paul Eddington, Penelope Keith, Felicity Kendal and Richard Briers.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles during a presentation ceremony at Windsor Castle, where the First Battalion of the Irish Guards were presented with new colours.
Queen Elizabeth II encounters a Bunny Girl during Derby Day at Epsom.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh and their sons (l-r) Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and Prince Edward at Balmoral.
Queen Elizabeth ll struggles with her hat in the wind whilst protocol demands that Sultan Qaboos stands rigidly to attention during the Queen's visit to Muscat, Oman in February 1979.. Photo: Anwar Hussein
Queen Elizabeth ll, accompanied by Sultan Qaboos, takes photos with her golden Leica camera as she arrives with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh for a State Visit to Oman on February 28, 1979
Queen Elizabeth ll and the Duke of Edinburgh wait to meet Pope John Paul ll in the Vatican on October 17, 1980.
Queen Elizabeth ll and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh exchange gifts with Pope John Paul ll during a visit to the Vatican on October 17, 1980. Anwar Hussein
Queen Elizabeth II with some of her corgis walking the Cross Country course during the second day of the Windsor Horse Trials.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh after the Queen had declared the new Humber Bridge formally open. It actually opened to traffic 22 days earlier. The Queen and Duke then drove across the �91 million structure, the world's longest suspension bridge, from the Hull to the Grimsby side.
Queen Elizabeth ll is confronted by a row of bare bottoms during a visit to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on October 18, 1982.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh glance at each other as they attend an official reception in Papua New Guinea in October 1982.
Nancy Reagan dies at the age of 94 at her home in California on March 6, 2016. In this archive picture Queen Elizabeth ll entertains US First Lady Nancy Reagan on the Royal Yacht Britannia on March 4, 1983 in San Francisco, USA.
PA Library Photo dated October 1986 : The Queen meets Chairman Deng Xiaoping, when she and the Duke of Edinburgh had lunch with Chairman Deng in the Diaoyutai State Guest house in Peking. China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping has died of complications from Parkinson's disease and a lung infection, the official Xinhua news agency said tonight. See PA Story CHINA Deng. Photo by Tom Bell/PA.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh on the Great Wall of China at the Bedaling Pass, 50 miles north-west of Beijing, on the third day of their State Visit to the country.
** Full date not available** Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the Great Wall of China at the Bedaling Pass, 50 miles north-west of Peking, on the third day of their State Visit to the country in 1986.
Prince Charles is presented with the runners-up prize by his mother, the Queen, following his team's defeat in the Silver Jubilee Cup match against France at Windsor Great Park.
The Queen smiles as she accepts congratulations from well-wishers in Paisley, near Glasgow, following the birth of her fifth grandchild to the Duke and Duchess of York at Portland Hospital in London.
David Campese is introduced to the Queen (Aus)
Queen Elizabeth II during the opening ceremony of the A55 Conwy Tunnel in Conwy, Gwynedd, north Wales.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Guildhall, London, where they attended a luncheon hosted by the Corporation of London to mark the 40th Anniversary of her accession. In a speech she branded 1992 her "Annus Horribilis", when she spoke of criticisms of the royal family.
Queen Elizabeth II inspects the ruins of Windsor castle with a fireman.
PA PHOTOS 30/9/1993 THE QUEEN AFTER THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT THE QUEEN'S CHAPEL, ST JAME'S PALACE FOR MARGARET 'BOBO' MACDONALD, ONE OF HER CLOSEST CONFIDANTES, WHO DIED AGED 89.
Queen Elizabeth II and Boris Yeltsin exchange a smile as the Queen makes a speech during a state banquet held in her honour at the Kremlin's Faceted Hall
Queen Elizabeth II opens the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.
The Queen unveils a plaque to celebrate the official opening of the eurostar passenger train terminal at waterloo international station, london. she later boarded a eurostar train to Calais for her inaugural trip through the channel tunnel.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II departs from Wellington Cathedral, New Zealand, accompanied by the Dean of the cathedral Michael Brown, after a consecration service. * A large crowd gathered outside the Cathedral, their cheers for the royal visitor echoing poll results that 58% wanted to keep the Queen as New Zealand's head of state. In results that correspond with three other polls since 1995, just 33% of 1,000 respondents nationwide said the Queen should make way for a republic.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are greeted by Graham Downing (right), National Chairman of the Royal British Legion before the annual Festival of Remebrance at London's Royal Albert Hall this evening (Saturday). Behind them (left) is Commander Tim Laurence, husband of the Princess Royal. (Reuter rota picture) PA Photos.
BrItain's Queen Elizabeth II walks through the Royal Gallery to attend the State Opening of Parliament Tuesday November 24, 1998 to announce the Government legislative programme for the coming session. PA photo: POOL WPA/RTR/Kieran Doherty.
Her Majesty the Queen meets Bank of England Governer Eddie George at the Bank of England in London today (Wednesday 18th November 1998) during her tour of financial institutions in the City. WPA Rota photo by Fiona Hanson/PA.
File photo dated 09/06/1999 of former Prime Minister John Major receiving the Companion of Honour from Queen Elizabeth II.
File photo dated 12/11/1999 of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during the opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Durban, South Africa with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe seated behind her. Mugabe was stripped of his honorary knighthood today over his 'abuse of human rights' and 'abject disregard' for democracy, the Foreign Office said.
The Queen at the Chelsea Flower Show, where she saw were a four-poster bed covered in blooms, a Jamaican garden and the Prince's Trust garden, which the Prince of Wales was due to visit. * Mindful of criticism in 1999 when their arrival brought London traffic to a standstill, the royal family went out of their way today to arrive at the Chelsea Flower Show with the minimum of fuss.
The Queen chats with ballerina Darcey Bussell (right), following the Royal gala performance at the opening of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, on Wednesday 1st December 1999.
The Queen chats with operatic tenor Placido Domingo (right), following the Royal gala performance at the opening of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, on Wednesday 1st December 1999.
The Queen meets Nicky Byrne of Irish boy band Westlife, backstage after the 1999 Royal Variety Performance at the Birmingham Hippodrome, in Birmingham.
John Eales, captain of Australia receives the World Cup trophy from the Queen, after their victory against France in the Rugby World Cup final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Final Score 35 - 12.
The Queen at Newcastle's Centre for Life exhibition, taking a look through a microscope in the Bioscience laboratory, where IVF treatment is carried out.
Queen Elizabeth II smiles to band-members families after inspecting the civilian "Streetsville Pipes and Drums" band from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada as they paraded on the lawn of Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II with Prince William (rear left) and Prince Harry (rear right), at St Paul's Cathedral, in London, for the service of thanksgiving to commemorate the Queen Mother's 100th birthday in August 2000.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves from the steps of an aircraft in Perth Saturday 1 April 2000 at the end of her Australian tour. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are returning to Britain after a 16-day visit.
File photo dated 28/11/2001 of Queen Elizabeth II meeting Barbara Windsor outside the Queen Vic during her visit to Elstree Studios where Eastenders is filmed. The two have met again at Buckingham Palace when the Queen made Barbara Windsor a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
File photo dated 28/11/2001 of Queen Elizabeth II meeting Barbara Windsor inside the Queen Vic during her visit to Elstree Studios where Eastenders is filmed. The two have met again at Buckingham Palace when the Queen made Barbara Windsor a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II surveys the architecture at the Halifax Bank of Scotland call centre at Cromac Wood in south Belfast. On the final engagement of their one-day trip to Northern Ireland, *..the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied around the 45 million waterside building which opened in June 2001, by Northern Ireland Secretary Paul Murphy and enterprise minister Ian Pearson.
Queen Elizabeth II chats to Lady Penelope Romsey at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, Windsor, Berkshire. The event, held in the shadow of the Royal residence at Windsor Castle, was cancelled in 2001 beacuse of the outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is greeted by school children as she visits Londonderry in Northern Ireland for the first time in half a century. Earlier the Queen opened the Maydown Ebrington Centre - a new 2 million leisure and IT project in the Waterside area of the city.
TV viewers will this week get this rare glimse of the Britain's Queen Elizabeth II giving an audience at Buckingham Palace to Prime Minister Tony Blair. * The footage will be featured on Thursday evening at 9pm in BBC1's fourth and final part of "Queen and Country" by William Shawcross. The programme, marking the Queen's Golden Jubilee, explores her relationship with prime ministers during her 50-year reign. Tony Blair is the tenth Prime Minister of her reign - and was born while she was on the throne. Note to eds: Picture taken June 2001, released May 20, 2002.
File photo dated 18/11/2002 of Queen Elizabeth II meeting Madonna at the World Premiere of new James Bond film Die Another Day, in which the American star has a leading role, at the Royal Albert Hall. The pop superstar will celebrate her 60th birthday on Thursday, following a long career of reinvention and controversy.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meeting England national soccer side captain David Beckham, (left) coach Sven-Goran Eriksson (2nd left partialy concealed) and FA chairman Geoffrey Thompson, during a reception for the Football Association held at Buckingham Palace. *..The 75-strong England party, including back-room staff as well as high profile players and management, arrived at the Palace in three coaches. The drinks-and-canapes reception was staged in the Blue Drawing Room at the Palace where FA chairman Geoffrey Thompson, along with the England coach and captain, were the first to meet the Queen. Although not a natural football fan, the Queen has been known to become quite animated when following the England team on TV.
The Red Arrows and Concorde fly over the Queen Victoria memorial outside the front of Buckingham Palace, during the fly past by the RAF.
Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd at Epsom Downs, 2002, for the running of the Derby.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd as she rides in the Gold State coach from Buckingham Palace to St Paul's Cathedral for a service of Thanksgiving to celebrate to her Golden Jubilee.
Queen Elizabeth II, left, foreground, watches as the coffin containing the body of the Queen Mother is put into a hearse following funeral services in Westminster Abbey, London. * Left, background is Prince William, the son of Prince Charles who salutes, right. Back, second from left is Prince Edward.
Members of the British Royal family watch as pallbearers carry the coffin of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother during her funeral service in Westminster Abbey. * The Queen Mother died Saturday March 30, 2002, aged 101. After the service, the Queen's Mother's coffin was due to be taken to St George's Chapel in Windsor, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, King George VI.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives with US President George Bush for the Buckingham Palace state banquet in honour of the US President, during the first day of his four day state visit to the U.K. * The Queen told President George Bush that Britain and America stood firm in their determination to defeat terrorism.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is greeted during her visit to Devonport Naval Base, Plymouth, Monday March 24, 2003. The Queen met families of those serving in the Gulf, where she chatted to dozens of wives, children, mothers and fathers. The Duke of Edinburgh, who arrived separately, also spent time talking to families. 3/4 length, hat, royals, smiling, children, flowers ©Anwar Hussein/allaction.co.uk
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II unveils the statue of her mother at the second attempt, at the Grand Military race meeting at Sandown, Friday 7 March, 2003. One tug of a ceremonial gold rope was not enough as the blue satin sheet shrouding the Queen Mother's statue snagged. A veteran of countless unveilings, the Queen stood bemused until sculptor Angela Conner came to the rescue, freeing the troublesome cover.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets John Leese (far left with glasses), who was invited to a Christmas reception at Buckingham Palace. The Queen is throwing a Christmas party for the high-fliers of 2004. Among the 500 guests are the unsung heroes of charity and community work as well as some famous names.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is helped down from her carriage by the Duke of Edinburgh as they arrive at the Sovereign's Entrance of the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament 23 November 2004, in London. The British government announced Tuesday a range of new measures to fight global terrorism and organised crime, as Queen Elizabeth II set out its new legislative agenda. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II during a service to mark Armistice Day on 11/11/2004 at the Field of Remembrance in the grounds of London's Westminster Abbey. Hundreds of small wooden crosses, planted in the grounds of the Abbey and adorned with a blood-red poppy, bear the name of a fallen loved ones and message of commemoration. Anwar Hussein/allactiondigital.com
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets staff at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, Friday February 24, 2006. In December 2005 the hospital completed an eight-year building project to bring services from Reading's Battle Hospital on to a single site near the town centre. See PA Story ROYAL Queen. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Photo credit should read: Tim Ockenden/WPA Rota/PA.
File photo dated 03/05/2006 of Queen Elizabeth II talking with with celebrity guests Lionel Blair and June Whitfield, at the Help The Aged Living Legends at Windsor Castle, the actress has died at the age of 93, her agent has confirmed.
A file photo dated 20/04/2006 of Queen Elizabeth II sitting in the Regency Room at Buckingham Palace in London as she looks at some of the cards which have been sent to her for her 80th birthday.
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh kisses his granddaughter, Zara Phillips, as boyfriend, English rugby player Mike Tindall, shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth ll at a Buckingham Palace reception for the country's top achievers on December19, 2006 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth ll meets actress Thandie Newton at a Buckingham Palace reception for the country's top achievers on December19, 2006 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth ll meets comedian David Walliams at a Buckingham Palace reception for the country's top achievers on December19, 2006 in London, England.
Queen Elizabeth ll meets singer James Blunt and comedian Russell Brand (R) following the Royal Variety Performance at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool on December 3, 2007.
To mark their diamond wedding anniversary on Tuesday November 20, 2007 this year, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh re-visit Broadlands where 60 years ago in November 1947 they spent their wedding night. Broadlands in Hampshire had been the home of Prince Philip's uncle, Earl Mountbatten. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 18, 2007. See PA Story ROYAL Anniversary. Photo credit should read: Tim Graham/PA Wire
Prince William, Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth II watch a fly past from the balcony of Buckingham Palace during Trooping The Colour on June 14, 2008 in London, England. Trooping The Colour is the Queen's annual birthday parade and dates back to the time of Charles II in the 17th Century when the colours of a regiment were used as a rallying point in battle.
EMBARGOED: Not for publication before 0001 Thursday December 24, 2009. Queen Elizabeth II prior to the recording of her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II smiles after meeting the artists who performed at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) meets British comedian Peter Kay (R) following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool.
Queen Elizabeth II meets American singer Lady Gaga (right) following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool.
HM Queen Elizabeth ll, visits the National Memorial Arboretum where she attends a Service of Commemoration and pays tribute to the 112 members of the UK Armed Forces killed on duty or as a result of terrorism in 2010.
Embargoed to 0001 Friday December 24, 2010. Queen Elizabeth II at the recording of her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth, in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.
EMBARGOED to 0001 Saturday December 24, 2011. Queen Elizabeth II stands in the 1844 Room of Buckingham Palace in London, after recording her Christmas Day television broadcast to the Commonwealth.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (left) stands next to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (left) during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, in Perth, Western Australia.
Queen Elizabeth II walks with Queen Elizabeth Hospital's Chief Executive Patricia Wright (left), during a visit to the hospital in King's Lynn, Norfolk, where the Queen officially opened the hospital's new £3 million MRI unit.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth walks past Girls Aloud as she arrives to greet the performers after the Royal Variety Performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
Queen Elizabeth II, wearing ear plugs, officially opens the the London Paralympic Games 2012 during the opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.
The Queen plays in a video with actor Daniel Craig as James Bond during the London Olympic Games 2012 Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Queen Elizabeth ll shakes hands with Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, at the Royal Premiere for the 21st Bond film 'Casino Royale' at the Odeon in Leicester Square, London on November 14, 2006. Anwar Hussein/EMPICS Entertainment
File photo dated 13/7/18 of Queen Elizabeth II, US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk in the Quadrangle during a ceremonial welcome at Windsor Castle, Windsor. Policing Trump's four-day visit to the UK cost more than �14.2 million, according to figures obtained by the Press Association.
Gun salutes will be fired to commemorate the occasion.
Queen Elizabeth ll leaving after attending the Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey on March 09, 2020.
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The Prince of Wales is 71 and the Duchess of Cornwall is 72.

Other working royals include the Queen's cousins the Duke of Gloucester, 75, the Duke of Kent, 84, and Princess Alexandra, 83.

The Duke of Edinburgh, 98, has been spending most of his time at Wood Farm, a cottage on the Sandringham estate.

The Princess Royal, who turns 70 in August, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and the Earl of Wessex had engagements planned on Wednesday, including a visit by Anne to Guy's Campus at King's College London.

But they appear to have been cancelled or postponed as there was no sign of them in the Court Circular.

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