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The funeral of Prince Phillip, husband of the Queen, was one of the most moving royal events of the last few years. This was perhaps the most iconic shot of the entire event:
She was utterly alone. For many watching the proceedings from home, the sight of the newly widowed Queen Elizabeth II, who will turn 95 next week, was perhaps the saddest image of the day. https://t.co/afjqGsf3Rv
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 17, 2021
What struck me about it, from the separate seating for “household bubbles” to the masks was the question: Why? Of course, it’s for appearances. Families across England and the world cannot mourn together in the usual manner, and so, the Queen isn’t either. But the difference is, the entire family has famously all been vaccinated. All of the COVID stuff at the funeral was thus just theatre. They had to do it “for appearances.” But what appearances and what message does the fact that the Queen and her entire family are still masked and distanced post-vaccine send?
Masking and distancing after the vaccine send a very clear message, and it’s, unfortunately, one that our Great Dr. Fauci also keeps promoting: That vaccination changes very little of our day-to-day COVID lives. He did it again today on the Sunday shows:
CHUCK TODD: “Why does a vaccinated person have to wear a mask?"
DR. FAUCI: "You dramatically diminish" possible Covid infection with a vaccine, but vaccinated people could still carry infection.”
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 18, 2021
The Royal Family wanted to send a message about safety by still adhering to COVID protocols, but it would have been even more powerful had they showed the world that they could mourn as usual thanks to the vaccine.