Queen Elizabeth Had the Best Response When Told She Was the Talk of the G7 Dinner Table
The Queen held her first in-person audience at a royal residence in over a year with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Queen Elizabeth was "quite the hit" with world leaders!
The monarch, 95, hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday, marking her first in-person audience at a royal residence since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. After the Queen invited Morrison to stand closer to her - "Come over here, they want to take a photograph," she told him - the two smiled as they chatted in the Oak Room at Windsor Castle, where she has been staying for most of the past year.
Australia is part of the Commonwealth, a voluntary association of 54 independent countries of which the Queen is recognized as the head.
Prime Minister Morrison informed the Queen that she was "quite the hit" at the G-7 Summit over the weekend.
"Everyone was talking about you at dinner the next night," he said.
"Oh, Lord," the Queen replied. "Were they really?"
"They were," Morrison said. "They were thrilled to see you."
Adjusting to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen took part in her first public video call to salute unpaid caregivers in June 2020. She was joined by her only daughter, Princess Anne.
"She was engaging. The Princess Royal has done a few and was more comfortable but the Queen was perfectly comfortable with the camera in front of her," chief executive of the Carers Trust Gareth Howells, who was on the call with the Queen, told PEOPLE. "A couple more times and she'll be a dab hand at it!"
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The Queen had a busy weekend, including welcoming world leaders at the G-7 Summit on Friday, celebrating her public birthday with a scaled-down Trooping the Colour on Saturday and having tea with U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Sunday.
The monarch will likely make an appearance at Royal Ascot this week. The horse lover is known for her love of watching the races, especially her own! It's possible the monarch will watch on TV as her horse King's Lynn competes on Tuesday.