Royal family reunite for the first time in months after lockdown
Senior members of the royal family have gathered together for the first time since March, keeping socially distanced from each other as they posed for photos.
The Queen, Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, posed in front of the steps of Windsor Castle on Tuesday evening.
The royals were thanking local volunteers and key workers for their work during the coronavirus pandemic, listening to carols sung by the Salvation Army Band before moving into a marquee to greet the volunteers.
Looking festive in a bright red coat and matching hat, the Queen looked a picture of health as she stood alongside her family and chatted to Prince William and Kate Middleton.
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The senior royals haven’t been seen together since March, when they attended the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
That was also Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s last appearance in their roles as senior royals before they moved to LA.
Noticeably absent from Tuesday night’s line-up was Prince Andrew and Prince Philip, who have both retired from duty.
The Cambridges had just completed a three-day royal train tour of the UK, where they sparked a furore amongst Scottish politicians and residents.
Kate and Wills, who travelled on the Royal Train, arrived in Edinburgh on Monday, despite the fact that crossing the Scottish border was made illegal at the end of November.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon appeared to take a subtle swipe at the fact the royals had technically broken the rules.
“The Scottish Government was advised about the intention to visit, and we made sure that the Royal Household were aware, as you would expect, of the restrictions in place in Scotland so that could inform both the decision and the planning of the visit,” she told reporters when asked about the visit.
“Any more questions on that should be directed to the Royal household.”
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