Queen Leaves Palace for the First Visit Since Corona

Queen Elizabeth has gone out for an official visit for the first time since the March corona lockdown.


On Thursday, the British queen visited the military research centre Porton Down, which was involved in the research into the nerve agent novichok in 2018.

So far, the 94-year-old queen carried out all her official work from behind the computer and telephone because of the corona measures.

Her grandson Prince William accompanied her on her first official visit outside the palace at Porton Down, located in the south-west of England. The Queen and William did not wear face masks.

The defence science and technology lab was responsible for investigating the nerve agent used to poison Russian ex-spy Sergej Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK. Britain accused two Russian agents of novichok poisoning two years ago, but Russia has denied any involvement.

During the visit to Porton Down, the Queen and Prince were introduced to the personnel and military involved in the Novichok research and scientists involved in the fight against the corona pandemic. Elizabeth opened a new research centre and was given a demonstration of explosives forensics there.

Porton Down focuses on developing defence and security technology for the Department of Defense. It was founded in 1916 as a chemical and biological weapons laboratory.

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