The Queen, 94, is spending the coronavirus pandemic at Windsor Castle. In her second ever virtual royal engagement, she spoke to representatives from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter.
The Queen, whose sign-in name on the screen was “Windsor UK”, looked radiant in a blue dress teamed with a sparkling broach.
During the video call last week, the monarch heard about the work the military personnel were carrying out at home and overseas during the coronavirus crisis.
She said: “Everybody’s been extremely busy with the pandemic and doing a wonderful job.”
From the RAF was Lance Corporal Shanwayne Stephens of the Queen’s Colour Squadron, who is also a member of the Jamaican bobsleigh team.
The Queen has taken part in her second virtual royal engagement
The Queen spoke to representatives from the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, as well as the Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir Nick Carter
He told the Queen about his lockdown exercise regime of pushing a car up and down the streets.
The 94-year-old laughed and said: “Well I suppose that’s one way to train.”
L/Cpl Stephens, who is based at RAF Northolt, said after the video call: “It was a bit strange, I’ve been in close proximity with the Queen on quite a few occasions but never actually had a face-to-face conversation with her – well, screen-to-screen.
“She just said it had been a hard time and it was nice to keep in contact with everybody.
The Queen, whose sign-in name on the screen was “Windsor UK”, looked radiant in a blue dress teamed with a sparkling broach
“She seemed very relaxed and in fact she made me feel a bit more relaxed when she came on. She was really smiley.”
From the Army was Lieutenant Colonel Barrie Terry of The Yorkshire Regiment who is deployed to the UN Peacekeeping mission in Bamako, Mali.
Lt Col Terry said: “It was a novel experience from Mali, I think for her as well. The internet connection held up, which was good.”
Of the Queen, he added: “I think she took to the technology really well, she was very happy, very au fait with it.”
How Princess Beatrice’s wedding could be VERY different royal wedding [ANALYSIS]
Meghan Markle in swipe at royal life? Duchess hits out at ‘status quo’ [VIDEO]
Royal line of succession: How the Royal Family shapes up [INSIGHT]
The Queen is spending the coronavirus pandemic at Windsor Castle
The Queen is spending the lockdown at her Berkshire residence with Prince Philip
Lt Col Terry has not seen his wife and two sons back in Gloucester since November as two periods of leave were cancelled because of travel restrictions.
He said: “I think with her background, she’s used to her grandchildren and her children at various stages of their life being away due to service in the armed forces, especially with Prince Philip.
“I think she’s familiar with the family separation that service life brings.”
The Queen also spoke to Able Rate Sophie Levy who joined the call from her first operational deployment on board RFA Argus off Curacao in the Caribbean.
The ship was deployed in April to help British Overseas Territories during the coronavirus outbreak and will stay in the Caribbean over the summer to provide support for the annual hurricane season.
The Queen said: “So this is your first deployment is it? … Sounds as though you’re rather busy.”
AB Levy, from Windsor, said afterwards: “I called from a cabin on board so she was able to see what life on board is like and how we live on Argus. She could see my photos in the background of my family.”
The Queen is spending the lockdown at her Berkshire residence with Prince Philip, 99, and a reduced household.