Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been seen wearing a face mask in public for the first time.
Ahead of Remembrance Day on Wednesday, November 11, the 94-year-old queen made a private trip to the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey on Wednesday, November 4. The visit marked the centenary of his burial.
For the occasion, the queen wore a black hat, coat, shoes and gloves, paired with a black face mask with a white border. It has not been announced if the piece was tailor-made or bought for the royal.
England is in the first week of its second national lockdown and it is the law to wear face coverings in a number of indoor settings, including places of worship.
Following the visit, a royal aide said: "The grave of the Unknown Warrior is as relevant and poignant today as it was when her majesty's grandfather and father stood in the abbey at its side 100 years ago.
"It holds enormous significance for the country and the royal family. The queen was keen that the centenary was marked appropriately."
The grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey represents all of those who died in the First World War, who have been left unidentified or with unknown resting places.
Criticism for not wearing a mask
The queen's last public engagement took place in October, when she met with scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory with her grandson, Prince William. Neither of the royals wore face coverings or masks for the engagement, which was greeted with criticism.
However, following the visit, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said that "specific advice had been sought ... and all necessary precautions taken".
Last week, it was reported that Prince William contracted the coronavirus in April but kept it secret to avoid causing alarm.
His illness followed that of his father, Prince Charles, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, influencing William's decision not to go public at a time of much tension in the UK.
"William was hit pretty hard by the virus. It really knocked him for six," a source told The Sun.
"At one stage, he was struggling to breathe so obviously everyone around him was pretty panicked.
"After seeing medics and testing positive, which was obviously quite a shock given how fit and healthy he is, William was determined it should be business as usual, though.
"He was determined to fulfil his engagements."
These engagements extended to 14 telephone and video calls during April.
They included calling NHS staff, opening the Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham, and appearing in a Comic Relief sketch with British actor and author Stephen Fry.