Queen Elizabeth has been keeping up with her royal duties over the past few weeks, working amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. However, she had time for a little bit of fun last weekend.
The Royal Family published a video on its Facebook page, showing the Queen in a video call. She spoke with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) members, one of her many diplomatic organizations.
Amongst other things, the Queen asked the workers how they had managed to cope amid the global pandemic. However, the workers also unveiled a portrait of her.
Queen Elizabeth during a 2002 horse show in Windsor Great Park on May 18, 2002 . | Photo: Getty Images
The occasion essentially marked Queen Elizabeth's first virtual portrait unveiling. According to reports, the portrait was painted by Miriam Escofet, 2018 BP Portrait Award winner. It depicted the Queen sitting in an ornate chair while wearing a stunning blue dress.
The portrait was a representation of the Queen's enduring relationship with the FCO. It also marked some of her efforts to enhance diplomacy across the world during her decades-long reign. Appreciating the effort, she said:
"I'm glad I've had the chance to see it. I hope I'll see it in real life one day."
Philanthropy has always been one of the Royal Family's primary commitments. It sure deserved such a fitting tribute.
For now, the portrait will stay on display at the FCO's new building. Hopefully, Her Majesty will get to see it in person when the pandemic blows over.
She turned 94 months back, but she was unable to hold her annual Trooping the Color birthday parade.
The portrait unveiling is also coming on the heels of a recent record that Queen Elizabeth managed to break. Per reports, July 18th marked Her Majesty's 25,000th day as the reigning British monarch.
She is already the longest-reigning monarch, at 68 years and five months. Still, this is a significant milestone too. On how she hoped to celebrate, a source said the queen will be "spending the day privately."
The pandemic has so far robbed the queen of the opportunity to mark several milestones. She turned 94 months back, but she was unable to hold her annual Trooping the Color birthday parade.
Several other members of the royal family have marked their birthdays too. Some of them include Prince Philip, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. Sadly, none of them could celebrate publicly.
of Princess Beatrice earlier this month. The princess wed her fiancé, Italian real estate developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, at a private wedding in Windsor Palace.
The Queen was in attendance, as were a few family members. As expected, there was no lavish ceremony.