Queen heartbreak: How the Queen is forced to break her lifelong motto


THE QUEEN like the rest of the Royal Family and Britons across the country has been forced to change her style of working amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Queen Elizabeth II was seen for a scaled-back Trooping the Colour ceremony today as the world celebrated her official birthday. She cancelled the normal celebrations earlier this year when the coronavirus pandemic forced the country into lockdown. But how has the Queen been forced to break her lifelong motto as the Royal Family begins to return to work?

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall will be returning to Clarence House after three months of isolating in Scotland.

The couple is also due to undertake their first public engagement since the coronavirus lockdown began in March next week.

On Thursday, June 18, Prince Charles and Camilla will formally welcome French President Emmanuel Macron to Clarence House.

Together they will commemorate the 80 anniversary of the famous Appeal to the French People by General Charles de Gaulle which was made from London in 1940 on this date.

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Queen heartbreak: Will the Queen be forced to break a lifelong motto? (Image: GETTY)

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Queen heartbreak: The Queen at Trooping the Colour on June 13 (Image: GETTY)

Charles’ return to work to attend this major royal event is the first time members of the Royal Family will leave lockdown.

Their visit is due to take place two days after Princess Anne becomes the first royal to return to working-in-person at an engagement.

Princess Anne is due to visit the Duke of Gloucester Barracks on Tuesday, June 16.

Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are also said to be preparing for a return next week.

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Queen heartbreak: Prince Charles will return to work fully next week (Image: PA)

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Queen heartbreak: The Queen has been at the head of the Royal Family since 1952 (Image: GETTY)

The Queen has been at the head of the Royal Family since her ascension to the throne in 1952.

She has been a stabilising force during times of unrest and uncertainty, working hard each year and showing little signs of slowing down.

Aged 21, the Queen pledged to devote her life to undertaking royal work.

She said: “My whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service.”

During her life, the Queen has remained a stable figure beside 14 prime ministers.

The Queen is renowned for placing her duty and responsibility above all else, including her personal feelings and desires.

In a speech made on her 21st birthday, the Queen said: “There is a motto which has been borne by many of my ancestors – a noble motto, ‘I serve’.”

This means she puts the Crown beyond everything – in her view, the royals are servants of the Crown, meaning duty always comes first.

The Queen added: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

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Queen heartbreak: The Queen has reigned through 14 PMs (Image: GETTY)

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Queen heartbreak: The Queen pledged to serve on her 21st birthday (Image: GETTY)

But heartbreakingly for the Queen, she is unable to return to royal work like other members of the Royal Family.

The Queen and Prince Philip are isolating together at Windsor Castle.

The couple were shown in a photograph posted in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh’s 99th birthday this week.

The Queen was also seen at the scaled-back Trooping the Colour ceremony on June 13.

During Trooping the Colour on Saturday, June 13, the Queen sat alone on a dais for the ceremony.

It is only the second time in her 68-year reign that the parade in London has not gone ahead.

Today was her first public appearance since lockdown began, but it is unlikely she will return to duty immediately given she is at a higher risk due to her age.

The Queen, 94, may “not return to work in the way that we knew her to ever again” according to a royal commentator.

Speaking on the podcast The HeirPod, royal expert Omid Scobie said: “Given the Queen’s age at 94-years-old, she is in a very high-risk category for COVID-19.

“Although everyone right now is being particularly vigilant about their health I think the conversations that are being had at the moment is that the Queen may not come back to public engagements or gatherings for some time.

“We don’t know how long that could last for and when I asked the Palace a spokesperson said that the Queen continues to be busy and that she will follow the appropriate advice on engagements as that comes in.

“I do think it raises questions regarding how the face of the Royal Family will look in the future.

“Will the Queen be able to return to the way that we saw her work in the past?

“A lot of her work the garden parties, the summer events, these all involve many people.

“Certainly, for as long as we know that is not going to be safe.”


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