Queen participates in very first video call for royal functions


The 94-year-old British monarch and her daughter, Princess Anne, spoke to a group of caregivers to mark caregiver week, according to a Publish from the royal family’s official Twitter account on Thursday.

The initiative is designed to raise awareness for the seven million unpaid caregivers who care for sick, fragile or disabled family members or friends, the video says.

“Interesting to listen to all of your tales and stories,” the queen told the group. “I am very impressed with what you have already accomplished. I am very pleased to have been able to join you today. ”

The call took place on June 4 and involved a number of caregivers as well as Gareth Howells, chief executive of the charity Trust, reports the PA Media news agency. The Queen joined the call from the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, where she passed the lockdown.

The label says that the monarch is the last to arrive and the first to leave the royal engagements – and the tradition was observed even during the video call.

Nadia Taylor, 44, cares for four family members. She told PA that the Queen was on the 45-minute Webex call for about 20 minutes, and that the group talked about how the caregivers were affected by the coronavirus and the lockout.

“The Queen asked questions about how we all did and called us extraordinary, which was great,” Taylor told PA.

On May 31, the Queen made her first public appearance since the foreclosure measures took effect.

She was seen riding on horseback around Home Park, next to Windsor Castle, wearing a green jacket and a colorful scarf.

The images depicted the overlapping monarch Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old fallen pony, according to a press release from Buckingham Palace.

Correction: this story has been updated to reflect the fact that the call with the caregivers was made via Webex.


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