Queen wears gloves at investiture for first time since 50s amid coronavirus fear

The Queen wore gloves as she handed out MBEs, OBEs and knighthoods for the first time in more than 60 years amid coronavirus fears as the deadly virus spreads across the UK.

The Monarch wore a pair of white gloves, which also covered her wrist, as she shook hands with a number of people after handing over medals at Buckingham Palace today.

She usually hands out the honours without gloves, as she carries out the fiddly task of fastening the awards to a hook on the recipients' lapels.

She regularly wears them while out and about on public engagements, but this is believed to be the first time she's had them on at an investiture.

Buckingham Palace refused to comment, but a palace source told the Mirror the "Queen and Palace staff would follow Government advice".

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The last time the Queen wore gloves for an investiture was when she knighted Air Mashall Claude Pelly, Commander in Chief of the RAF Middle East Air Force in 1954.

Among the well-deserving people handed awards today were Harry Billinge from St Austell, who was made an MBE, actress Wendy Craig, who got a CBE.

The Queen's grandson Prince William and his wife Kate have opted not to wear gloves for the first engagement of their three-day visit to Ireland.

The couple landed earlier this afternoon and were pictured shaking hands with a number of people.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock has confirmed 51 people have now tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, a rise of 12 in a single day.

At 93, the Queen falls into the band of people who are most at risk if they get the new strand of the virus – coronavirus COVID-19.

There have been 90,000 confirmed cases around the world with more than 3,000 deaths.

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While the majority of people who have caught the virus so far have recovered, it can be fatal to people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Earlier today Prime Minster Boris Johnson revealed a doomsday document detailing the UK's action plan to deal with the rising tide of Coronavirus.

The 27-page document warns Brits could see more troops on the streets, sports matches and schools closed and police forced to abandon low-level crime to maintain public order.

A fifth of Brits could be off sick at once, an army of NHS staff could be pulled out of retirement and people turfed out of hospitals early – not to mention a dilemma for councils in dealing with more bodies.

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