Queen Elizabeth wears gloves to protect herself against coronavirus
The Queen today took precautions against coronavirus in a very public display, wearing gloves for her latest investitures ceremony.
The 93-year-old donned the white gloves for the Buckingham Palace event as the number of people diagnosed in the UK rose to 51.
While the royal often does wear gloves for outings, she does not normally wear them for the investiture ceremonies held at Buckingham Palace.
In fact, just two weeks ago the Queen was pictured at another investiture ceremony at the palace without gloves.
One of the last times she performed a knighting ceremony wearing gloves was in 1954 when she recognised Air Marshal Claude Pelly with a knighthood in Yemen.
But in an elegant cream outfit paired with the white gloves today, the Queen looked in good spirits as she recognised worthy Brits including actress Wendy Craig and D-Day vet Harry Billinge.
The apparent extra precautions come after Public Health England said shaking hands won’t spread the virus but people will need to wash their hands regularly.
Buckingham Palace refused to comment but said they were following government advice in the response to coronavirus fears.
Meanwhile, Prince Charles and Kate Middleton and Prince William went without gloves as they carried out royal engagements today.
The future king, 71, even shook hands with those being recognised at the Royal College of Music’s annual awards in London.
And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge appeared happy to shake hands with locals as they arrived in Ireland for a tour today.
The creative director of The Queen’s official glove-maker, Genevieve James of Cornelia James glove makers, previously said the wardrobe staple helps to protect Her Majesty from the dirt and germs that comes with shaking people’s hands everyday.
Explaining why The Queen prefers gloves, Genevieve told Good Housekeeping: “Number one: style. Number two: practical.
“They’re necessary because if you’re The Queen, you’re shaking a lot of hands – so they protect her hands as well.”
The move has been dubbed a “foot-touching curtsy” and “the Wuhan shake”, named after the city where COVID-19 was first identified.
Back home, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard suggested this week that Australians think twice before shaking hands or kissing, following confirmation of the first human-to-human transmission of the virus inside Australia.
“It is a very Australian thing to do to put your hand out and shake hands for example,” Mr Hazzard told reporters. “I would be suggesting it is time that Aussies actually gave each other a pat on the back for the time being. No hand shaking, it’s not necessary.”
Mr Hazzard also said that while he wouldn’t tell people to stop kissing, they should “exercise some degree of caution” when doing so.
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.
Originally published as Queen takes coronavirus precaution