Queen Elizabeth Criticized For Not Wearing Face Mask During Public Outing

Queen Elizabeth’s first public appearance since March has left many disappointed, as the senior monarch chose not to wear a face mask in spite of British public health guidelines.  

Along with Prince William, the Queen held a meet-and-greet with 48 people — yes, in the year 2020 and with the COVID-19 pandemic still raging on — on Thursday, as part of a private tour of a military lab. 

The Queen, with The Duke of Cambridge, visits @dstlmod and formally opens the new Energetics Analysis Centre - a state-of-the-art building dedicated to scientific research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives. pic.twitter.com/7AUzA8bZ8Y

— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) October 15, 2020

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told iTV that both senior royals were given the all-clear to go maskless by medical professionals. As well, everyone involved was reportedly social distancing and tested negative for the novel coronavirus.

But, many still felt that by not wearing face masks at a gathering, the royal pair were setting a poor example for the public.

The gov: everyone must wear a face mask
The Queen: ✨no✨

— Maya Duran Duran (@MayaDoran2) October 16, 2020

No wonder there’s uproar over restrictions in this country when even the monarch fails to use an opportune moment to lead by example and wear a mask. #MaskGate#Queen#Covid19UK#RoyalFamily#Britain
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