"Owing to the unfolding situation with the Coronavirus pandemic, the British Government has asked Their Royal Highnesses to postpone their spring tour to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus and Jordan," Clarence House said in a statement.
The royal tour was originally intended to start March 17 with the Prince of Wales travelling alone to Bosnia and Herzegovina, before joining the Duchess of Cornwall in Cyprus. They were then to spend five days in Jordan.
The cancellation comes after Charles stepped out to the Prince’s Trust Awards in London on March 11. Rather than shaking hands, he, like many others, has adopted contactless greetings. He chose to say "namaste," with his hands in a prayer-like gesture and his head slightly bowed.
But when the Heir Apparent got out of the car, he automatically extended his hand to Sir Kenneth Olisa, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London. Charles quickly realized his mishap and adopted the namaste greeting.
"It’s just so hard to remember not to," he reportedly said Dame Martina Milburn, the Trust's chief executive, according to HELLO! UK.
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia received testing for the coronavirus on March 12. The decision was in response to Letizia's meeting with Spanish Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, who has COVID-19. Her partner, Pablo Iglesias, Spain's deputy prime minister and social rights minister, has also been quarantined.
"Based on the recent public activities of HM the Queen and the information transmitted by the Government, as a preventive measure indicated by the health authorities, their Majesties have carried out the corresponding COVID detection test this morning," read a statement issued by the Spanish royal family. "The results of these tests will be publicly communicated."
As of this writing, there are more than 132,000 coronavirus cases in 123 countries, according to the World Health Organization. The illness has caused nearly 5,000 deaths. Canada currently has 138 cases.