UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, who stepped out for the first public engagement since COVID-19 pandemic, and Prince William are receiving backlash on social media for not wearing facemasks in public. The 94-year-old monarch and her grandson, the Duke of Cambridge met with scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) near Salisbury to provide essential support to those handling the pandemic. However, since the royal duo skipped wearing facemasks, especially when there is a resurgence of coronavirus infections in Europe, netizens said they are “disappointed” in the Royal Family.
The Queen, with The Duke of Cambridge, visits @dstlmod and formally opens the new Energetics Analysis Centre - a state-of-the-art building dedicated to scientific research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives. pic.twitter.com/7AUzA8bZ8Y— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 15, 2020
From calling it a “disgraceful” step from the royal family to questioning why COVID-19 guidelines are different for them, internet users unleashed severe criticism on social media. While the Royal family posted the images from the event on Twitter, hundreds of British citizens, as well as other people, commented on why they need to “set an example” instead to motivating people to violate the government-proposed precautionary measures. However, the Queen and Prince William were seen maintaining distance.
After the pictures garnered a massive amount of attraction, Buckingham palace reportedly said that the Queen had decided to not wear a mask only on the consultation of her physicians and scientists at the research facility. Meanwhile, as per iTV report, at least 48 people who were supposed to come in close contact with the members of the royal family were tested for COVID-19 and the results were negative. Sky News reported that the media personnel were not allowed close to the visitors and the Queen had arrived by helicopter while Prince William arrived by car. Despite the measures, netizens seemed unimpressed.
I am disappointed that the Royal Family is not practicing COVID-19 guidelines by not wearing masks. They have a social responsibility to be responsible and emulate modeling behavior. Do better as The Queen must be protected!— Nicole Ratliff (@djnikki85) October 15, 2020
Parading around the country without masks on doesn't help anybody.— Luke (@mrmartinbath) October 15, 2020
Disgraceful she wasn't wearing a mask... you're supposed to be setting an example. Clearly you aren't doing that. Shameful!— Jamesie boy! (@CalJamieson) October 15, 2020
It does because she is the Boss she is setting an amazing example good for her— Louisa (@baronesspawsey) October 15, 2020
So essential workers who are around Covid patients day and night dont get tested but the Queen cant wear a mask so they test everyone around ger for a pr visit?— Nina (@ShakeLS) October 15, 2020
This is not grace for her to engineer a scene in which she's in a room full of people with no masks on. No masks on her aids or drivers either.— MarytheRobot (@MarytheRobot) October 17, 2020
She sets a bad example.— MarytheRobot (@MarytheRobot) October 17, 2020
Just last week, Buckingham palace had informed that Queen's daughter-in-law, Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, was under home-quarantine after her potential exposure to COVID-19. This was not the first time a member of the royal family had to self-isolate due to the risk of contracting the novel coronavirus. Earlier this year, both Prince Charles and Camilla had quarantined themselves separately after Charles began experiencing mild symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 while Camilla tested negative. Since then, Prince of Wales has fully recovered.