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Queen carries out virtual audience at Windsor Castle


The Queen carried out virtual audiences at Windsor Castle today in what were her first official engagements in seven days since she was ordered to rest by doctors.

It is the first time the head of state has been seen – albeit on a screen – since she hosted a busy evening reception for the global investment summit on October 19.

The Queen cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland and had preliminary tests in hospital on October 20 during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.

Today, the 95-year-old monarch wore a yellow dress and three-strand pearl necklace, and smiled as she was pictured on a computer screen while sat at Windsor.

She greeted the ambassador from South Korea, Gunn Kim, who was at Buckingham Palace dressed in Korean clothing including a traditional hat known as a gat.

The Queen also held a virtual audience to receive the ambassador from Switzerland, Markus Leitner, accompanied by his wife Nicole, who were also both at the Palace.

It is still hoped that the monarch will be able to lead the Royal Family at the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow next week, either in person or via videolink. 

Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle this morning

The Queen on screen via videolink from Windsor Castle this morning during a virtual audience to meet the ambassador from South Korea, Gunn Kim, who was at Buckingham Palace

The Queen on screen via videolink from Windsor Castle this morning during a virtual audience to meet the ambassador from South Korea, Gunn Kim, who was at Buckingham Palace

The ambassador from South Korea, Gunn Kim, is seen at Buckingham Palace this morning

The ambassador from South Korea, Gunn Kim, is seen at Buckingham Palace this morning

A final decision will be made later this week. Buckingham Palace said yesterday that the Queen was still in good spirits and undertaking some ‘light duties’ while resting.

The monarch is being looked after by the Medical Household, her expert team of royal physicians.

Queen hasn’t walked dogs for nearly a week 

The Queen has not been able to enjoy her daily walk with her dogs for almost a week after being told to rest by doctors.

Sources say the monarch has been taking their orders to rest seriously after she was kept in hospital overnight on Wednesday for ‘preliminary investigations’.

The Queen and her dogs at Windsor in 1994

The Queen and her dogs at Windsor in 1994

The Queen, 95, has two corgi puppies and dorgi Candy, a cross between a corgi and a dachshund. One of the highlights of her day is being driven to walk them near Frogmore on her Windsor estate, where Harry and Meghan once lived.

Family and friends believe these daily excursions are a ‘tonic’ and have helped keep the Queen so healthy in her nineties.

But instead the dogs have been walked by staff since her hospital stay. Buckingham Palace said yesterday that the Queen was still in good spirits and undertaking some ‘light duties’ while resting.

It is still hoped she will be able to lead the Royal Family at the Cop26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow next week, either in person or via video link. A final decision will be made towards the end of this week.

She is due to attend events in Scotland next week as part of a flurry of royal Cop26 engagements involving the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge between November 1-5.

On the royal family’s website, the Queen is still listed as attending a reception on November 1 as part of the climate change conference.

She had a busy schedule of engagements in the first weeks of October following her return from Balmoral, and her hospital stay was kept a secret and only confirmed by the Palace when it was revealed by a newspaper.

Her Majesty’s return to duties comes after it emerged she has not been able to enjoy her daily walk with her dogs for almost a week after being told to rest by doctors.

Sources say the Queen has been taking the doctors’ orders to rest seriously after she was kept in hospital overnight last Wednesday for ‘preliminary investigations’.

One of the highlights of her day is being driven to walk her dogs near Frogmore on her Windsor estate, where her grandson Prince Harry and Meghan Markle once lived.

Family and friends believe these daily excursions are a ‘tonic’ and have helped keep the Queen so healthy. But the dogs have been walked by staff since her hospital stay.

The Queen was seen using a walking stick for the first time at a major engagement during a Westminster Abbey service on October 12.

On Thursday October 21, she was said to be in ‘good spirits’ after her hospital stay and back at her desk, undertaking light duties.

But she missed a church service at Windsor on Sunday.

Royal sources had briefed the Sunday Times that the Queen was ‘knackered’ due to a busy social life and preference for late night television, as having a hectic run of engagements in October.

The Queen’s husband of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh died six months ago at the age of 99.

Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the monarch has received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it.

Today is the first time the Queen has been seen - albeit on a screen - since she hosted a busy evening reception for the global investment summit at Windsor Castle on October 19 (above)

Today is the first time the Queen has been seen – albeit on a screen – since she hosted a busy evening reception for the global investment summit at Windsor Castle on October 19 (above)

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said today: ‘Her Majesty The Queen today conducted two virtual audiences via video link from Windsor Castle.

‘His Excellency Mr Gunn Kim was received in audience by The Queen today via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the Court of St James’s. Mrs Hee Jung Lee was also received by Her Majesty.

‘His Excellency Mr Markus Leitner was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Swiss Confederation to the Court of St. James’s.

‘Mrs Leitner was also received by Her Majesty.’ 



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