The Queen Held Her First Ever Virtual Diplomatic Audience

Buckingham Palace has shared images of the queen holding her first ever virtual diplomatic audience, in line with current coronavirus health guidelines in the United Kingdom.

The 94-year-old monarch spoke with three ambassadors who arrived at the palace on Friday, December 4, via a video link from Windsor Castle. A video screen was positioned on a wooden cabinet in the Equerry’s Room at Her Majesty’s London residence so the queen could receive her special guests.

In one image, the ambassador of Georgia, Sophie Katsarava, could be seen curtsying as she was received by the queen, who wore a white dress and a sapphire brooch. Her Majesty also held meetings with Gil da Costa, ambassador of Timor-Leste, also known as East Timor, and Ferenc Kumin, ambassador of Hungary, and his wife Viktoria Kumin. The monarch was seated behind a desk in Windsor’s Oak Room.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said, “Diplomatic audiences are a long standing and traditional part of the monarch’s role and the hope has always been to restart them as soon as possible. A variety of options were considered in line with current guidelines to reintroduce diplomatic audiences while retaining some of the long-established ceremonial elements, such as the use of Buckingham Palace.”

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