Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan and Cyprus is postponed due to the coronavirus

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Zach Harper

Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla's March tour of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan and Cyprus has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

"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.

Duchess Camilla accompanied Queen Rania of Jordan on engagements to learn about Rania's work with children in 2013. Photo: © SALAH MALKAWI/AFP via Getty Images

The tour would have been the first time a member of the Royal Family has visited Cyprus since 1993, when the Queen toured the country.

Prince William and Duchess Kate made a trip to RAF Akrotiri in 2018, but the military base is actually located in a British overseas territory, not Cyprus itself.

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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.

Namaste! Prince Charles greets Sir Kenneth Olisa at the Prince's Trust Awards. Photo: © WPA Pool/Getty Images

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.

Queen Letizia recently stepped out in Madrid on March 6 to meet with the APRAMP (Prostitution Women Association). Photo: © Paolo Blocco/WireImage

"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.

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