Sunday, 28 Nov 2021

Queen, 95, jokes she is ‘working mechanically’ on Zoom as she recovers at home

The Queen has had to work from home since leaving hospital last week – and had some funny insights to share.

At the tender old age of 95, the Queen has had to cancel trips to Northern Ireland and the Cop26 conference in Glasgow due to her illness.

One royal source also suggested a "reassessment and possibly a slight gear change in the kind of work the Queen does", MailOnline reported.

Yet Buckingham Palace has been positive about the Queen's health since first saying she was taken to hospital for "preliminary examinations".

The Queen was nevertheless all smiles in the video link appearance yesterday.

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Presenting the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry on Thursday afternoon alongside Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, the monarch wore an eye-catching floral dress and her classic pearls.

English poet David Constantine received the award at Buckingham Palace, while the Queen dialled in from Windsor Castle.

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Her Majesty also had a humorous way to describe working from home, which millions of Brits have had to get used to over the past 18 months.

The Queen said: "I'm very glad to have the chance to see you if only mechanically this morning."

Mr Armitage then shook Mr Constantine's hand at Buckingham Palace, saying "Very well done, congratulations."

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After being presented with the coveted trophy, the Queen jokingly asked Mr Constantine: "I don't know what you do with it.

"Do you put it in a cupboard?"

It was the same biting sense of humour made so famous by her late husband the Duke of Edinburgh, social media users pointed out.

The Queen also held virtual audiences with the ambassadors of South Korea and Switzerland.

Royal fans became concerned when her appearances in Northern Ireland and at Cop26 were suddenly cancelled earlier this week.

But her positive appearance at such an event should reassure Brits that the Queen is okay – even if the coming 'gear change' means we may not see as much of her.

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