As the virus began to take hold in the UK, Mr Johnson pushed to continue with his weekly face-to-face meeting with Her Majesty. However, as cases and deaths began to rise, advisors to the Prime Minister warned the Queen’s life may be put at risk. The royal audience with the Queen, 95, had been scheduled to take place on March 19 as cases began to rise.
As the grim picture of the pandemic began to take hold in the UK, the face-to-face meeting was moved to being held over the phone.
Mr Johnson had been keen to keep Her Majesty in the loop in person but after being reminded of the severity of the virus for the elder generation his face went “ashen”.
One source told the Daily Mirror: “He was pressing advisors to allow him to go and see the Queen and told private office that was his intention.
“This was despite the increasing levels of Covid and the risk that would come along with such a visit.
“Eventually he saw reason when he was asked firmly by a senior advisor if he could imagine the reaction if he was responsible for the death of the Queen.
“At that point his face went ashen and he scurried back into his office muttering about the whole thing being ridiculous.
“No more was said about it”.
A second source confirmed the story to the publication although a No10 spokesperson claimed the Prime Minister did not attempt to meet the Queen.
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