Princess Anne teaches the Queen how to use Zoom for the first time


Like many of us, Princess Anne helped her mom get to grips with the tech during the lockdown (Photo: ITV News)

During the lockdown, families around the world have helped their elderly parents improve their tech game with Zoom calls – and the Queen is no exception.

Last month, the 94-year-old monarch called her first official video call from Oak Room at Windsor Castle to mark National Caregiver Week.

Like many families, her daughter helped her get started with Zoom, which became the video calling app of choice for most during the pandemic.

In a preview of an ITV documentary to mark Princess Anne’s 70th birthday, a rare and sweet exchange between the two was shared on social media, leaving fans touched.

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The video, uploaded to Twitter by ITV News editor-in-chief Chris Ship, begins with Princess Anne waiting for her mother to join the call with caregivers.

The Queen’s Deputy Private Secretary Tom Laing-Baker said: “It’s Tom here. I’ll just introduce Her Majesty the Queen to you.

We then hear Princess Anne ask her mother: “Ah, hello? Windsor?

The queen, seated comfortably in pearls and a floral dress, responds by saying, “Hello. I am very happy to have been able to join you.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Princess Royal in a video call with carers supported by the Carers Trust.

The Queen and Princess Anne heard from four caregivers talk about their experiences during the pandemic (Photo: PA)

Her daughter quickly intervenes to make sure her mother is using the app correctly: “Can you see everyone? You should have six people on your screen.

When the Queen responds by saying that she can only see four, her daughter laughs: “Actually, you don’t need me, you know what I look like!

Social media users were touched and amused by the exchange, with one saying, “We’re having fun, great”.

Another wrote: “Brilliant. Princess Anne is awesome and it was lovely watching the Queen zoom in while the lockdown. I can’t wait to watch this.

The call, which took place on June 4, saw the monarch and her daughter talking to four caregivers about the hardships they faced during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Her Majesty also had the help of her private secretary who stayed in Windsor with the monarch as part of a small household nicknamed “HMS Bubble” – to make the arrangements.

A caregiver on call said it was surreal to be sitting at her home while talking to two Royals on Zoom.

Alexandra Atkins, 24, from Swansea, said: “Getting them both to talk face to face with us was just unreal. I was struck by the fact that I was sitting in my room talking to the Princess Royal and the Queen.

The shared preview of the documentary, Princess Royal: Anne at 70, will air ahead of her birthday on August 15.

In an edition of Country Life magazine edited by guests to mark the anniversary, Princess Anne paid tribute to her parents for starting her love of nature.

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The Queen and Princess Anne watching Prince Charles stroking an Ayrshire calf on the grounds of Balmoral Castle, Scotland (Photo: PA)

In the new edition, the only daughter of the Queen and Prince Philip discusses how best to protect the future of the campaign.

She wrote about how she holds her own truck license, hates fly tips, and considers herself a “classic handyman” when it comes to rural jobs.

Anne wrote: “I was also fortunate that both of my parents had a love and understanding of the natural world through their own experiences.

Perhaps even more so for my father when, during his rather rambling young life, he finished school in Gordonstoun and was introduced to the wilderness of Scotland, both on land and at sea. .

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