The traditional "changing of the guard" ceremonies in the Queen Elizabeth palaces in London and Windsor Castle, which normally attract many tourists, have been postponed until further notice, Buckingham Palace said on Friday.
The decision was made after the government advised the British to avoid mass gatherings to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
At the famous ceremony, the Queen's Guard hands over responsibility for protecting Buckingham Palace and St. James's Palace to the New Guard, which typically involves soldiers in scarlet tunics and bearskin hats wearing a Pull the army through central London.
On Friday, the ceremony was to include the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guard accompanied by the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guard Corps gang of the Irish Guard.
A similar ceremony also takes place in Windsor Castle, home of the queen west of London, where the 93-year-old monarch and her husband Prince Philip (98) are currently living in the coronavirus crisis.
In a message to the nation on Thursday, the Queen said the Royal Family would play its part if Britain were to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
"Many of us need to find new ways to keep in touch and ensure that loved ones are safe. I am sure that we are up to the challenge," she said. "You can be sure that my family and I are ready to play our part."
The Tower of London also announced on Thursday that it would be closed due to the Corona virus outbreak.
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