Click the button for the latest news on the coronavirus pandemic and how it is impacting the royals

British RoyalsCoronavirus

Princess Anne, the Wessexes and the Gloucesters keep a packed diary despite the coronavirus outbreak


The Duke & Duchess of Gloucester (Photo credit: @RoyalFamily via Twitter)

The Earl & Countess of Wessex, the Princess Royal and the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester all have a busy week of engagements ahead despite the coronavirus outbreak.

Prince Edward has seven engagements scheduled for next week, with his wife, Sophie, listed to carry out one further visit.

Princess Anne is planning on carrying out five engagements across London.

Also keeping busy is the Duke & Duchess of Gloucester, with Prince Richard scheduled to undertake three engagements, and Birgitte planning to carry out one.

The couple had planned to carry out an additional engagement alongside Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, however, this has been cancelled.

The Earl & Countess of Wessex are likely to be considered as being in the ‘low risk’ category when assessing the seriousness of contracting coronavirus.

The Princess Royal, however, is fast approaching her 70th birthday, and is considered to be more at risk of severe symptoms should she contract the illness.

The Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, is 75-years old, and his wife, Birgitte, is 73.

This places them as being at particular risk, and the couple may be asked by the government to self-isolate in their homes as a matter of safety.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is prepared to tell all over 70s, which includes The Queen, the Prince of Wales & Gloucesters, to self isolate in their homes for a period of up-to four months.

COVID-19 particularly discriminates against the elderly and those with respiratory problems. With the virus expected to spread rapidly, plans are being made ready so the most vulnerable are protected.

The Royal Diary: 16th-22nd March 2020

The Earl of Wessex

16th March: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, will hold a Dinner at St James’s Palace.

17th March: Trustee, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, will hold a Lunch at Buckingham Palace.

17th March: will hold a Reception for the Anglo-Swedish Society at Buckingham Palace.

18th March: Commodore in Chief, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, will visit RFA Mounts Bay, Portland Port, Dorset.

20th March: will visit Brading Roman Villa, Morton Old Road, Brading, Isle of Wight.

20th March: will visit Thompson’s Restaurant, 11 Town Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight.

21st March: Patron, Windsor Festival, will attend the Spring Leap Concert at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

The Countess of Wessex

19th March: Patron, London College of Fashion, will visit Poplar Works, 284 Abbott Road, London.

The Princess Royal

16th March: Vice Patron, The British Horse Society, will attend the National Convention, Addington Equestrian Centre, Addington, Buckingham.

17th March: Patron, Opportunity International United Kingdom, will attend a Luncheon at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, 8 South Square, London WC1.

17th March: President, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences, will attend a Reception at Coutts, 440 Strand, London, WC2.

18th March: President, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, will attend a Fellows’ Reception at Fishmongers’ Hall, London Bridge, London EC4.

18th March: Chancellor, University of London, will visit Guy’s Campus at King’s College London, St. Thomas’ Street, London SE1.

The Duke of Gloucester

18th March: will present The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade to Flight Calibration Services, 17-19 Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham Airport, West Sussex.

18th March: will attend the Jim Green Challenge at the Norfolk Pavilion, South of England Showground, Selsfield Road, Ardingly, West Sussex.

18th March: President, willl visit Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, West Sussex.

The Duchess of Gloucester

18th March: will visit Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, 185 Bostall Hall, Abbey Wood, London SE2, to mark the Twenty Fifth Anniversary.