Queen panic: Aberdeen back in lockdown just one day after Her Majesty passed through

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THE QUEEN’S annual summer holiday in Scotland risks being thrown into disarray as Aberdeen ordered back into lockdown.

The Scottish city lockdown measures were re-imposed today, just one day after the Queen passed through the city. The 94-year-old jetted up to Scotland on a private flight with the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, from RAF Northolt yesterday, landing at Aberdeen Airport. The pair were met by a driver who whisked them away to Balmoral Castle, their Scottish retreat 50 miles west of the city, after the number of cases linked to the Aberdeen cluster more than doubled in one day. Photos showed the Queen and Prince Philip stepping off the plane while shielding themselves from the rain and wind. While the monarch donned a khaki-coloured raincoat with a hood, the Duke braved the blustery weather with an unbuttoned coat. After doubts had been raised about whether the Queen and Philip could safely travel to Scotland for their annual summer break, the palace announced last month the trip would go ahead as planned.
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The Queen and Prince Philip heading to RAF Northolt on Tuesday (Image: PA)
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The Queen pictured in March heading to Windsor Castle to isolate (Image: GETTY) Royal staff in Scotland isolated for two weeks before the couple arrived to minimise the coronavirus risk. Express.co.uk contacted Buckingham Palace about whether any additional measures have been implemented following the Aberdeen lockdown. The palace declined to comment on the matter.  On Wednesday Nicola Sturgeon announced that pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen had been ordered to close as part of a new local lockdown. The move came after the number of cases linked to a coronavirus cluster in the city hit 54.
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The Queen pictured at Windsor Castle in July (Image: GETTY) Initially connected to a city centre bar, there are now fears the rising number of cases means the outbreak is significant and could involve community transmission. The cluster was announced by NHS Grampian on Sunday, with the health board declaring that 13 cases had been identified and linked to the Hawthorn Bar in Holburn Street. By Monday, cases had more than doubled to 27 and the First Minister told the Scottish Government’s regular coronavirus briefing that images of packed pubs over the weekend made her want to cry. She retweeting images posted by Aberdeen MP Stephen Flynn showing people queuing to enter pubs in the city.
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The Queen and Prince Philip spend their summers at Balmoral (Image: GETTY) Ms Sturgeon said: “Scenes like these are dangerous and could easily result in pubs being closed again – which no-one wants.” By Tuesday, five more cases linked to the cluster were recorded, taking the total number to 32. NHS Grampian said 120 close contacts had been identified and warned more may be detected. Royal fans took to Twitter to comment on the Queen’s arrival in Aberdeen hours before a local lockdown was announced.
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Royal residences (Image: EXPRESS) One person, tweeting the First Minister and the Scottish National Party, said given the royals’ ages they should still be shielding and not heading off on holidays. They wrote: “The Queen has flown into Scotland for summer in Aberdeen. “How are you going to enforce lockdown for her and the entourage, staff etc?
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Balmoral Castle (Image: GETTY) “At their age, should be shielding – not going to a Covid hot spot!” A second person said: “So the Queen and Prince Philip are allowed to come on holiday to Scotland, land in Aberdeenshire and jaunt around Balmoral, but us in Aberdeen are all on lockdown and can’t travel more than 5 miles.” And a third person joked that the Head of State could possibly be the “superspreader” behind Aberdeen’s new cluster. Source: EXPRESS CO UK