Video: Queen made history with first public engagement on video call

Queen Elizabeth II held her first public engagement over video call this week. While Her Majesty continues to work from Windsor Castle during the coronavirus pandemic, she has not been able to resume public royal duties due to social distancing regulations.However, in a royal first Her Majesty —with her daughter, Princess Anne — joined a video call with a group of carers for Carers’ Week.—The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 11, 2020 “Interesting listening to all your tales and stories,” Her Majesty said during the call. 

“I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already. I’m very glad to have been able to join you today.”A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed to Insider that while the monarch has taken part in private video call engagements before, this is the first one to be made public. However, the spokesperson was not able to confirm whether the Queen plans to undertake any future engagements via video call.This follows rumors that the monarch could withdraw from public life during the pandemic.

Senior members of the royal family teamed up for a joint video message to celebrate International Nurses’ Day last month. Her Majesty was notably absent from the video, however, she did contribute by allowing a recording of herself on a phone call to feature in the post.Read more:How the royal family would change if the Queen withdrew from public lifeThe Queen will recreate one of her oldest birthday traditions in lockdown

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