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Royal engagements down by 60 per cent in 2020 with Prince Charles and Princess Anne leading the way in numbers


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The number of official royal engagements conducted so far in 2020 has seen a massive decline compared to previous years due to the ongoing public health emergency.

According to research gathered by Royal Correspondent Patricia Treble, the number of engagements conducted between January and July of 2020 is down some 60 per cent compared to previous years.

So far this year, The Royal Family have conducted 955 engagements. This compares to 2170 engagements this time last year, and 2344 in 2018.

The pandemic accounts for the huge decline in the number of engagements conducted, with the departure of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York as working royals not helping matters.

Since lockdown was imposed on March 24, The Royal Family have only conducted 85 in-person engagements, compared to 474 in-person engagements pre-lockdown.

In total, 390 engagements have been carried out virtually or by telephone since March 24. This compares to just four virtual/phone engagements before this date.

According to the figures collected by Ms Treble, the Prince of Wales and the Princess Royal are still the busiest members of The Royal Family, both before, during and after lockdown.

The Duke of Cambridge follows closely behind having significantly increased his workload.

Likewise, for the first time, the Earl and Countess of Wessex have carried out more engagements than The Queen.

Her Majesty’s workload has remained steady throughout 2020, with the monarch conducting around a dozen engagements each month.

Princess Alexandra and the Duke of Kent appear to have suffered the most from lockdown, with Alexandra only conducting six engagements since lockdown, and Edward carrying out 16.

To see more of this research, along with graphs and statistics, click here.