The 94-year-old royal stepped out with Prince William to visit a top-level laboratory, and no one was in masks.
A royal source told People that all Coronavirus guidelines were followed for the visit including social distancing measures, the event taking place mostly outside, and everyone testing negative before meeting the royals.
“Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with [the lab],” a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told People.
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The Queen, accompanied The Duke of Cambridge, this morning visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down, and formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre. The Energetics Analysis Centre is a state-of-the-art building from which hundreds of scientists conduct research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives. The Queen and The Duke viewed a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and met staff employed in Counter Terrorism and Security, as well as Dstl staff and members of the military involved in identifying the nerve agent and subsequent clear up of the Novichok incident of 2018. In recognition of their work The Duke presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to representatives of Headquarters South West (The regional Army command headquarters of the south west of England.) Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also spoke to scientists providing vital support to the UK response of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities.
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