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The Queen was seen wearing white gloves during an investiture ceremony for the first time in decades, hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the country's new action plans to fend off the coronavirus outbreak. The monarch's decision to break with her habit to greet her guests and collect honours with her bare hands looks connected to the growing number of COVID-19 cases discovered in the UK. 

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The Queen usually wears gloves while on public engagements. 

This is not just a choice but also a safety measure taken by the monarch to protect herself from germs. 

However, she hasn't been seen wearing gloves during an investiture ceremony for years.  

In 1954, the Queen was seen knighting Air Mashall Claude Pelly, Commander in Chief of the RAF Middle East Air Force, while wearing white gloves.  

queen health latest queen coronavirus uk outbreak royal family latest royal investituresThe Queen was seen wearing white gloves during today's investiture ceremony (Image: PA)

queen health latest queen coronavirus uk outbreak royal family latest royal investituresThe Queen held an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace today (Image: PA)

The use of gloves on that occasion may have been dictated more by a choice than a real necessity. 

That ceremony was not held in Buckingham Palace but in Yemen and in the 1950s, when it was commonplace for women to cover their hands.   

When asked earlier this morning whether Buckingham Palace is doing anything to protect members of the Royal Family from the coronavirus, a spokeswoman told Express.co.uk: "We are following the Government's advice." 

READ MORE: Coronavirus NHS advice: How to wash your hands properly

queen health latest queen coronavirus uk outbreak royal family latest royal investituresThe Queen hasn't been spotted wearing gloves during an investiture for decades (Image: PA)

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