Queen Elizabeth II was seen wearing gloves for the first time in history during an investiture at Buckingham Palace as fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the UK escalate.
The Queen of England was seen wearing white gloves during an investiture ceremony for the first time in history, some hours after the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out the country’s new plans to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.
The British monarch’s decision to break with her habit to greet her guests and collect honours with her bare hands clearly linked to the growing number of COVID-19 cases discovered in the UK.
In 1954, the Queen was seen knighting Air Mashall Claude Pelly, Commander in Chief of the RAF Middle East Air Force, while wearing white gloves.
It’s also possible that the use of gloves on that very occasion may have been dictated to be more of a personal fashion than a necessity.
That ceremony was not held in Buckingham Palace but in Yemen and in the 1950s, when it was commonplace for women to cover their hands.
A total of 51 persons have been tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few weeks.
However, health officials have warned that it’s “highly likely” that the number of cases will grow in the next few weeks to come.