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The Queen’s First In-Person Visit Since March Has Sparked Outrage — Here’s Why

Twitter is giving Her Majesty some serious side-eye for a serious wardrobe faux pas at her first public outing in seven months.

Seven months after COVID-19 hit the world, the Queen is getting back into her normal royal routine. On Thursday the 94-year-old attended her first in-person engagement outside the royal bubble since March. She and Prince William toured the new Energetics Analysis Centre at the British military’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Sounds pretty standard, right? Not so fast.

Royal watchers were taken aback by one minor, but important detail: Neither the Queen nor her grandson were masked up. In fact, nobody at the event wore a mask.

Royal reporter Chris Ship explained why in a tweet:

Royal commentator Richard Palmer also weighed in:

As Marie Claire notes, the palace explained that the decision to go sans mask was decided after consulting the queen’s medical team: “Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with [the laboratory].” Kensington Palace didn’t comment on whether Prince William had been tested.

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But Twitter isn’t having it.

 

At this point in the pandemic, it’s arguably known around the globe how important masks are in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Kate Middleton and Prince William have both been snapped multiple times wearing masks. Hopefully this latest royal outing is a one-off that had more to do with trying to “return to normal” than setting an example.

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