British Royal Family announces plan for engagements over coronavirus outbreak

The British Royal Family has announced it is continuing with its engagements despite the coronavirus outbreak gripping the UK.

Some of Europe’s royal families have already suspended engagements, been tested and even gone into self-isolation in recent days.

Yesterday, Norway’s King Herald and Queen Sonja announced the family are cancelling all public events until Easter at the earliest.

They also said they were self-quarantining as they recently returned from a royal visit to Jordan.

It was also confirmed yesterday that Queen Letizia and King Felipe VI of Spain have been tested for Covid-19, as they had close interactions with a government official who has tested positive for the disease

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And Queen Margrethe of Denmark cancelled celebrations for her upcoming 80th birthday.

But despite the moves, with as many as 10,000 people feared to have the coronavirus in the UK and another 10 having died from the disease, the British Royal Family is keeping calm and carrying on.

Daily Star Online contacted Buckingham Palace this morning for an update on its reaction to the outbreak which has forced sporting events to be canceled and some schools to close.

A spokeswoman told us the Royal Family is “following government advice”, suggesting it is not yet cancelling engagements as the advice does not yet advise avoiding public events.

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Princess Anne still attended the Cheltenham Festival on Wednesday – a horse-racing event that saw thousands of people attend.

And Prince Charles yesterday attended the Prince's Trust awards, which saw him abandon his usual handshake greetings for a small bow and “namaste” gesture instead.

He, alongside other senior royals, are also continuing to perform investitures, which see them come into close contact with those receiving awards.

The update comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday declared the government was moving to the “delay” phase of its plan to tackle coronavirus.

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Mr Johnson warned that many families will “lose loved ones before their time” and that this was “the worst public health crisis for a generation”.

He said schools were being advised to cancel trips abroad, and that people over 70 and those with pre-existing health conditions should not go on cruises.

He stopped short of closing all schools and said that this would “do more harm than good at this time”, although he added this stance could chance.

The Prime Minister also said that the government was "considering" banning major public events and would do "the right thing at the right time".

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