Back to work! Queen looks delightful in pink as she returns to public duties

Oct 16, 2020
The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Cambridge on Thursday. Source: Getty.

Her majesty the Queen has spent much of this year out of the public eye, following the outbreak of Covid-19. The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh quit Buckingham Palace in March and moved into Windsor Castle, before spending the summer months at Balmoral in Scotland.

However, having recently returned to the palace, Her Majesty made a long-awaited return to official duties this week as she stepped out with her grandson Prince William. The Queen resumed her public duties, alongside the Duke of Cambridge, on Thursday to officially open a science laboratory in Wiltshire, England.

The royal duo visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down and formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre yesterday. The facility is a state-of-the-art building from which hundreds of scientists conduct research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives.

The Queen and the Duke of Cambridge visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. Source: Getty.

“The Queen and The Duke viewed a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and met staff employed in Counter Terrorism and Security, as well as Dstl staff and members of the military involved in identifying the nerve agent and subsequent clear up of the Novichok incident of 2018,” a statement shared via the royal family Instagram account read.

“In recognition of their work The Duke presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to representatives of Headquarters South West (The regional Army command headquarters of the south west of England.)

“Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also spoke to scientists providing vital support to the UK response of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities.”

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The Queen, accompanied The Duke of Cambridge, this morning visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), Porton Down, and formally opened the new Energetics Analysis Centre. The Energetics Analysis Centre is a state-of-the-art building from which hundreds of scientists conduct research and analysis to protect the UK against terrorist and criminal threats relating to explosives. The Queen and The Duke viewed a demonstration of a Forensic Explosives Investigation and met staff employed in Counter Terrorism and Security, as well as Dstl staff and members of the military involved in identifying the nerve agent and subsequent clear up of the Novichok incident of 2018. In recognition of their work The Duke presented the Firmin Sword of Peace to representatives of Headquarters South West (The regional Army command headquarters of the south west of England.) Her Majesty and His Royal Highness also spoke to scientists providing vital support to the UK response of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities.

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The Queen looked delightful for the outing, wearing a pastel pink coat with striking black buttons which she paired with a matching hat. True to form, the monarch had her signature leather handbag draped over one arm and wore a pair of black loafers and black gloves to complete the ensemble.

Fans of the royal family were thrilled to see the Queen out and about once again, and looking so well at 94. One wrote: “70 odd years of service…an amazing woman. An inspiration.” While another commented: “Her Majesty looks beautiful and well. Lovely to see.”

Others also delighted in seeing the Queen performing duties with her grandson, who is second in line to the throne, behind his father Prince Charles. One said: “Wow! This is amazing her majesty and the future king of United Kingdom of Great Britain.”

Another wrote: “So wonderful to see two generations of Royalty – a grandson and grandmother. How proud they must both feel working together and making us proud too.”

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