PUBLISHED: 12:09, Fri, Oct 2, 2020 | UPDATED: 12:09, Fri, Oct 2, 2020
The Queen will sadly not carry out any royal receptions or investitures until next year, Buckingham Palace confirmed this week. In light of the global pandemic, the 94-year-old Queen is at high risk and the Palace has decided it is best to scrap all engagements in keeping with social distancing rules. The monarch intends to still live at Windsor Castle, but will travel to Buckingham Palace for various official duties — although these will be of limited size.
The Queen spent the majority of lockdown in Windsor, reportedly her favourite royal estate, before travelling to Balmoral Castle for her annual summer break.
She also spent a brief period with Prince Philip in Sandringham and has been largely out of the public eye for the majority of the pandemic.
However, she did make a rare televised appearance back in April, promising the nation that we “will meet again”.
Known for her unshakeable sense of duty and stoicism, the monarch gave Britons a sense of hope with her moving speech.
Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)
The Queen pictured riding a horse on her royal grounds in June this year (Image: PA media)
Yet, journalist Reinaldo Herrera suggested what the Queen’s real attitude towards her public responsibilities might be like in 2016.
Writing in Vanity Fair, he recalled one particular playful anecdote, claiming: “In the summer of 1974, I was a houseguest of the Hon. Jean Wills, the Queen’s cousin, and her husband, John, at Windsor Great Park.
“Jean took me to Ascot to watch the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the Queen’s box.
“The Queen had a horse in this race—Highclere—and naturally was very excited, but, alas, her horse lost.
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The Queen often hands out the awards or cups following an event (Image: Getty)