Queen Elizabeth II, 94, was joined by her grandson and the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, 38, on Thursday for a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down near Salisbury. Neither member of the Royal Family wore a face mask for the first public engagement Her Majesty had attended since the coronavirus pandemic struck back in March. The country has been divided over the royal’s decision, despite everyone in attendance testing negative for COVID-19. Discussing the matter on ITV panel show Loose Women, presenter Carol, 60, said she stood by the Monarch’s stance and applauded her.
Hitting back at the sceptics who are in opposition of the Queen not wearing a face mask, Carol said: “I don’t think it’s up to the Queen to set an example.
“I’m glad she didn’t wear a mask,” the presenter continued before telling viewers watching at home to “not have a go” at Her Majesty.
“Just stop it,” she added, before saying to her fellow panellists the public needs to “stop telling everyone off for everything.”
The outspoken television star declared: “Everyone’s ready to point the finger,” before the other ladies also offered their take on the matter.
Stacey Solomon, 31, explained the Monarch was at a work event and pointed out she and her colleagues were all at work at not wearing a mask.
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Queen backlash: Carol McGiffin fiercely defends Monarch in face mask debate 'Just stop it' (Image: ITV)
Queen and Prince William didn't wear face masks at a recent public engagement (Image: ITV)
“It’s not going against the rules if they were all tested,” Stacey added, before saying the Queen’s age should be in factor taken into consideration.
“For my own grandmother, wearing a mask is a real struggle,” she continued, with Linda Robson, 62, admitting she “felt sorry” for Her Majesty over the backlash.
However, although she respected her decision, the presenter said she wanted the Monarch to wear a face mask for “her own health and safety.”
Taking to Twitter, those watching the debate at home also offered their take on the matter, with 62 percent of viewers thinking the Queen should have worn a face mask.
Carol McGiffin said she didn't think the Queen needed to set an example (Image: ITV)