Queen has 'never put a foot wrong' in eyes of public says expert
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The picture, which has never been made public, was spotted in the background while the 95-year-old monarch held a face-to-face audience at Windsor Castle with organist Thomas Trotter on Wednesday. In the image, the Queen is pictured with the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Peter Phillips’ children Isla and Savannah and Zara Tindall’s daughter Mia.
Fans have speculated that the photo was taken in late 2015, as Princess Charlotte, now six, is a baby in the photo and sitting on the Queen’s lap.
It also appears that the photo was taken in Buckingham Palace’s White Drawing Room – an intimate state room that is regularly used for audiences and small gatherings.
George, who would have been three at the time, poses at the back of the sofa, behind his second cousin Mia Tindall.
Prince Philip’s face is obstructed by the Queen’s handbag but he is pictured between Savannah and Isla.
Prince Louis, Lea and Lucas Tindall, Archie and Lilibet Mountbatten-Windsor, August Brooksbank and Sienna Elizabeth Mapelli Mozzi are all absent from the photo, as they were born in the last four years.
Mr Trotter, winner of last year’s Queen’s Medal for Music, was being presented with his award in the Oak Room when fans spotted the picture.
The face-to-face audience with Mr Trotter was one of the few face-to-face engagements held by the Queen in recent months.
The 95-year-old monarch has stepped back from many of her royal duties as a result of a series of health issues.
Doctors advised the Queen to undertake “light duties” at Windsor Castle after she was forced to pull out of a series of engagements, including her attendance at the COP26 climate summit and the Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph.
Senior royals were out in full force last night in place of the Queen, as Kate, Duchess of Cambridge hosted her very first carol concert.
Together At Christmas, hosted by the Duchess at Westminster Abbey, was attended by front-line workers who fought tirelessly amid the pandemic, along with celebrities Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding and England football hero Jordan Henderson.
Prince William, Princess Beatrice, Prince Eugenie and Zara and Mike Tindall were also in attendance.
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In a foreword for the concert, the Duchess of Cambridge delivered a powerful message, referring to the “heart-wrenching isolation” faced by so many during the COVID-19 pandemic.
She said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us all with countless and previously unimaginable challenges.
“We have lost loved ones, seen our frontline workers placed under immeasurable pressure, and we have experienced heart-wrenching isolation from those we hold most dear.
“Alongside this, we have seen how communities have come together to support those most in need.
“And through our separation from others, we have been reminded just how powerful human connection is to us all.
“Just how much we need one another. And how loving and feeling a sense of belonging to one another can provide comfort in tough times.
“The importance of simply being together.”
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