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Queen on first public engagement outside royal residences since March


The Queen was back to business as she carried out her first public engagement outside of a royal residence since the coronavirus pandemic gripped the nation. The 94-year-old monarch was joined by her grandson the Duke of Cambridge at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) at Porton Down near Salisbury, meeting scientists providing vital support in the UK’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak. She ventured from HMS Bubble – the nickname for her reduced household of staff – for what was her first external engagement in seven months. The Queen was on good form as she quipped while signing the guest book: “Well it proves we’ve been here, doesn’t it?”

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