Queen Elizabeth Publicly Debuts a Mask at Remembrance Sunday Ceremony
This week, in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday, Queen Elizabeth II attended a memorial service at Westminster Abbey to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior. At the ceremony, she wore a face mask for the first time while appearing in public. See the newly-released pictures of the sombre event.
Queen Elizabeth II set out for London on Wednesday of this week, one day prior to England's November lockdown. During the visit, the 94-year-old monarch commemorated the grave of the Unknown Warrior. While doing so, she wore a mask publicly for the first time, in pictures that were released only on Saturday.
Mask-wearing Queen Elizabeth II remembers fallen soldiers
The background of the Queen's day trip to Westminster Abbey is Remembrance Sunday, the day that commemorates fallen servicemen of the World Wars. Dressed fully in black, the Queen wore a matching black mask with white trim, along with a poppy on her coat, as she visited the grave of the Unknown Warrior.
The Unknown Warrior died in the First World War, and his grave became a symbol of national mourning in the UK. The Nov. 11, 1920 opening of the unidentified soldier's burial has its 100th anniversary on this coming Wednesday.
Queen Elizabeth wears a mask for the first time in public
Queen Elizabeth attended the memorial one week early due to lockdown restrictions beginning on Nov. 5, the day after her visit. On earlier occasions, she had faced criticism due to her lack of mask wearing as well.
Meanwhile, other British royal family members, such as Duchess Kate and Prince William, have regularly been seen wearing masks. This month, it was also revealed that the Duke of Cambridge had tested positive for COVID-19 in April, but kept the diagnosis a secret.