Out and about again: Queen Elizabeth in visit with William

The Queen wows in pastel pink for radiant public return and we're in love 	        	       She wore a sentimental brooch too

The Queen wows in pastel pink for radiant public return and we're in love She wore a sentimental brooch too

Everyone who met the royals tested negative for the virus.

The Queen joined Prince William today for her first official engagement outside royal grounds since March.

The palace said that the decision to go sans mask was decided after consulting the queen's medical team: "Specific advice has been sought from the medical household and relevant parties, and all necessary precautions taken, working closely with [the laboratory]".

On Thursday, Her Majesty arrived by helicopter while William travelled separately.

They also met with scientists who have provided what Kensington Palace describes as "vital support" to the United Kingdom response of the COVID-19 pandemic, "working in analytic research areas and deploying microbiologists to NHS hospitals to increase testing capacities", according to the palace.

The Salisbury engagement comes amid a resurgence of the virus, with the country battling a second wave and stricter restrictions in place in some areas.

The pair arrived separately, with the Queen travelling via helicopter and William by vehicle - and sweetly, the appearance marked their first joint engagement since 2017.

The 94-year-old monarch, who spent Britain's national lockdown at her Windsor Castle home, has carried out her official duties remotely by video or telephone, or at a royal residence, since social restrictions were introduced.

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She also knighted in July at Windsor Castle the 100-year-old Captain Sir Tom Moore for his fundraising efforts in the early days of the pandemic.

"Well, it proves we've been here, doesn't it?" she joked.

In another speech to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, she told how the message at the end of the war in Europe was "never give up, never despair".

The couple then enjoyed their annual summer break at Balmoral.

They saw demonstrations of weapons and tactics used in counterintelligence, met counterterrorism staff and toured a top-secret lab where scientists carry out research into chemical and biological weapons and deadly diseases including Ebola and Anthrax.

Russian intelligence has been accused of being behind the attempted nerve agent assassination of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Her Majesty also added a further sweet touch to her outfit, wearing her Andrew Grima yellow gold, diamond and carved ruby brooch - which was a romantic gift from husband Prince Philip dating back to 1966.

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