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British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II carried out her first public engagement since Britain’s Coronavirus lockdown in March, as she stepped out on Thursday October 14, without a face mask despite the UK’s Covid-19 social distancing rules.

The UK government advises people to wear a face covering in indoor places where “social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.”

The 94-year-old UK leader, was joined by her grandson Prince William (who was also maskless) on a visit to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down, southwest England.

They adhered to social distancing guidelines though.

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Buckingham Palace said that the Queen decided not to wear a mask after consulting her own doctors at the Porton Down military research facility, which is providing vital support to the United Kingdom’s Covid-19 pandemic response.

The monarch, who spent the national lockdown at Windsor Castle with her husband, Prince Philip, has been carrying out her official duties online .

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