Queen showed real leadership on Covid rules – ‘unlike Boris and government officials’ | royal | News


Downing Street has offered to temporarily ease lockdown restrictions for the ‘strength and sojourn’ funeral of His Majesty, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, according to a report in the latest issue of Private Eye. This could have included relaxing social distancing requirements at the ceremony and increasing the number of mourners allowed to attend. The Queen declined the offer ‘on the grounds that it would be unfair at a time when others were mourning loved ones in lockdown’ and in order to ‘set an example’, according to the report.

Meanwhile, two parties were held in Downing Street the day before the funeral, at which an attendant was said to have been dispatched to run errands to fill a suitcase with alcohol.

Royal expert Marlene Koenig suggested it offers insight into the different leadership styles of the UK head of state and head of government.

She told Express.co.uk that the Queen ‘understands the sacrifices made by the British people’ – ‘unlike’ Mr Johnson and his staff.

Mrs. Koenig, of the Royal Reflections blog, said: “She is a woman who has been married for almost 74 years to the man she loved and who supported her throughout her reign.

“Unlike the Prime Minister and other government officials, the Queen understood the sacrifices made by the British people – unable to see their family members and hold large gatherings, including funerals – while members of the government were partying.”

The Queen sat alone in St. George’s Chapel during her husband’s funeral ceremony.

Ms Koenig stressed: ‘It would have been unthinkable for the Queen to do something the average Briton could not do under Covid restrictions.

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While the extent to which government officials have adhered to – or deemed necessary – Covid rules during the pandemic has been questioned by, Ms Koenig suggested “it would never have occurred to Sa Majesty” to act contrary to directives.

This sense of leadership may be partly rooted in the experiences of the Queen’s parents during World War II, she added.

Ms Koenig said: “On September 13, 1940, the Germans dropped a bomb on Buckingham Palace. George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) were unhurt.

“She would later say, ‘I’m glad we got bombed. It gives me the impression of being able to look the East-End in the face.

“For the current Queen, it made perfect sense – the right thing to do.”

She added: “It would never have occurred to Her Majesty to break the rules.”

Some Tory MPs want the Prime Minister gone now, but others insist we must wait to hear the verdict of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s inquiry into the Covid rule breach before we get to such conclusions.

Reports suggest the inquest could be concluded early next week.

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