The clip shows Her Majesty speaking to staff at the accounting firm KPMG on the occasion of her 150th birthday.
During a conversation with John McCalla-Leacy, the first black member of the company’s board of directors, the connection to Windsor Castle seems to drop for a few moments.
The image of the queen disappears from the wall of faces and when she returns, she says with a smile: “You have just disappeared, all of you. ”
Mr McCalla-Leacy was told by the Queen he was speaking about the pandemic when she lost connection.
He explained the issues the company has faced, but also the impact of the Black Lives Matter protests.
“This year has really been an incredibly difficult year for us at the firm, at KPMG.
“Not only have we had to adapt to the many challenges posed by the pandemic, but we have also witnessed, like everyone else in the world, deeply and deeply distressing scenes and the event that triggered the Black Lives Matter campaign. across the world, but also here in the UK. ”
He said KPMG is already a member of a number of equality initiatives and the cabinet has committed to an externally published black lives action plan.
Mr McCalla-Leacy, also took the opportunity to ask the Queen to pass on her thanks to the Prince of Wales.
As a former international whitewater canoe slalom competitor, he was supported by the Prince’s Trust early in his athletic career.
He said, “Receiving the support that I did, and when I did, changed my life and I’ll never forget that. ”
Recognizing the success of her son’s youth charity, the Queen replied: “I will indeed pass it on to my son, who is very proud of the idea of the Prince’s Trust, which I think has helped a lot. of people. ”
The Queen also spoke with David McIntosh, who joined KPMG as an apprentice in 2017, whose father was a Falklands veteran, served with the Scottish Guard and also guarded Buckingham Palace in the 1980s .
He said, “So meeting you today brings me to a very full circle, I’m so proud of him and I’m sure he’s so proud of me today. ”
Speaking of the benefits of video calling, Her Majesty replied, “Well, thank goodness for the technology, so we can still do it. ”
At the end of the call, the Queen was treated to a virtual performance of We Wish You A Merry Christmas by the KPMG choir wearing Christmas sweaters, hats and headbands made of reindeer antlers.