Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate have shown their support for businesses as they emerge from the coronavirus lockdown, with the monarch praising firms for their response “at a time of great difficulty”.
Britain’s economy has taken a pounding after the government imposed a lockdown in March which shuttered all non-essential retailers, with figures on Friday showing public borrowing had hit a record high and debt had passed 100 percent of economic output.
To show their support, William and Kate separately visited a bakers and a garden center in Kings Lynn in eastern England to see how they had coped.
In her first face-to-face engagement since the lockdown, Kate chatted to customers and filled up a shopping cart with plants at the garden center, revealing that her three children had been growing tomato plants at their nearby home.
“When we do our food shopping we notice that everyone keeps their head down and it’s hard for that social interaction,” she said.