Queen Elizabeth takes coronavirus precautions, cancels Royal Maundy Service

Queen Elizabeth takes coronavirus precautions, cancels Royal Maundy Service
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Queen Elizabeth II is taking precautions amid the coronavirus outbreak, including canceling the Royal Maundy Service, the royal palace said Tuesday. 

The annual Maundy Service, held the day before Good Friday and hosted at St. George’s Chapel, will not be held. In addition to canceling the April 9 service, two garden parties hosted by the Queen set to be held at Buckingham Palace in May will also be canceled.

The Queen has only missed four Maundy services during her reign, absent twice following childbirth and twice because she was visiting other parts of the commonwealth. 

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The queen will move to Windsor Castle on Thursday, a week earlier than planned, and will likely stay there beyond the Easter period, according to the announcement

Public events with large numbers of people set to be attended by the Queen and other members of the royal family in coming months will also be canceled or postponed, according to the announcement. 

There are 1,960 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.