Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, 93 old, is postponing engagements in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Buckingham Palace said in a statement Friday.
Although the queen is generally in good health, her age puts her in the category of those most vulnerable. Her planned visits to Cheshire, in the northwest of England, and Camden in north London are being rescheduled. However, the Queen's audiences with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will continue as normal. Meetings at the palace between the monarch and visiting dignitaries will continue as usual. A spokesman for the Queen said her diary would be adjusted in the coming weeks "for practical reasons in the current circumstances". Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also announced they were canceling their spring tour. Charles is 71, Camilla is 72.
They were set to visit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan. In the UK, nearly 800 people have tested positive but it is feared the real number is 5,000 to 10,000. At the time of the coronavirus crisis, Queen Margrethe of Denmark has canceled her 80th birthday celebrations, King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway are self-quarantining after returning from Jordan, and Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain have been tested for the virus after coming into contact with a government official who tested positive for COVID-19. Today their negative test results were shared publicly.