In Pictures: Royals in 2020 – face masks, video calls and Sussexes step down

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The royal family has had a busy calendar of engagements this year, despite the pandemic disrupting many of their official duties.

For the Duke and Duchess of Sussex it was the year they stepped away from royal life, while the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge both recovered from Covid-19.

Royal duties took on a new tone after lockdown in March, with even the Queen donning a facemask for a visit to Westminster Abbey in November.

And the usual big family gathering in Norfolk for Christmas was cancelled, with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh enjoying the festive period “quietly” at Windsor Castle.

Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales wearing ear defenders during a visit to the Whittle Laboratory in January, a power research lab at the University of Cambridge (Joe Giddens/PA)
The Queen
In February the Queen opened the Wolferton Pumping Station in Sandringham, Norfolk (Adrian Dennis/PA)
Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales greets members of the public as he leaves the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon during a tour of Warwickshire and the West Midlands in February (Jacob King/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge, during a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in February (Yui Mok/PA)
The Duchess of Cambridge, during a SportsAid event at the London Stadium in February (Yui Mok/PA)
The Queen
The Queen visited RAF Marham, Norfolk, in February ( Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Mountbatten Festival of Music
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex alongside the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at The Mountbatten Festival of Music at the Royal Albert Hall in early March (Eddie Mulholland/Daily Telegraph/PA)
Duke of Cambridge
The Duke of Cambridge playing wheelchair basketball in February during a visit to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Stanford Hall, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough (Richard Pohle/The Times/PA)
Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cambridge holds a pint of Guinness during a reception hosted by the British ambassador in Dublin in March (James Watling/PA)
Princes George and Louis and Princess Charlotte
In March Princes George (right), and Louis (centre) and Princess Charlotte joined the national applause for the NHS (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge/PA)
Harry and Meghan
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex carried out their final engagement in March before quitting royal life, the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey on Commonwealth Day (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Prince of Wales
The Prince of Wales uses a namaste gesture to greet Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood as he arrives at the annual Prince’s Trust Awards 2020 held at the London Palladium in March (Yui Mok/PA)
The Queen and Captain Sir Tom Moore
In July the Queen knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore during a ceremony at Windsor Castle (Chris Jackson/PA)
Harry speaks to BLM supporter Patrick Hutchinson via video call from California
The Duke of Sussex seen chatting from his home in Santa Barbara, California, via video call with Black Lives Matter supporter Patrick Hutchinson (British GQ/PA)
Princess Beatrice wedding dress
Princess Beatrice with her wedding dress as it went on display at Windsor Castle. Beatrice married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July (Steve Parsons/PA)
Queen Elizabeth II portrait
The Queen during a video link call in July for a ‘virtual’ visit to the FCO, to watch the unveiling of a new portrait of herself by artist Miriam Escofet (Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Crown Copyright/PA)
Royal visit to community centre
The Duchess of Cornwall participates in a Zoom call with members of the Pepper Pot Centre in Ladbroke Grove, London in October (Justin Tallis/PA)
The Queen
In November the Queen wore a face mask during a ceremony to mark the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey (Aaron Chown/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toast marshmallows during a visit to Cardiff Castle in December during their three-day royal train trip to thank keyworkers around the country (Jonathan Buckmaster/Daily Express/PA)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toast marshmallows during a visit to Cardiff Castle in December during their three-day royal train trip to thank keyworkers around the country (Jonathan Buckmaster/Daily Express/PA)
Royal visit to The Palladium for pantomime
Princess Charlotte and Prince George attend a special pantomime performance at London’s Palladium Theatre in December to thank key workers and their families for their efforts throughout the pandemic (Aaron Chown/PA)
Queen’s Christmas broadcast
A woman watches the Queen’s Christmas Day speech (Danny Lawson/PA)