A new video of a virtual visit has shown that the Queen, just like the rest of us, has had to grapple with technical gremlins as she works remotely because of COVID-19.
The clip shows Her Majesty talking to staff at the accounting firm KPMG to mark its 150th anniversary.
During a conversation with John McCalla-Leacy, the firm’s first black board member, the connection at Windsor Castle seems to go down for a few moments.
The Queen’s image vanishes from the wall of faces and when she returns she says with a smile: “You just disappeared, all of you.”
Mr McCalla-Leacy was told by the Queen he was talking about the pandemic when she lost the connection.
He explained the issues the firm has faced but also the impact of the Black Lives Matter protests.
“This year was really an incredibly difficult year for us within the firm, within KPMG.
“Not only did we have to adapt to the many challenges that the pandemic brought, we also witnessed, like everybody around the world, that just deeply, deeply distressing scenes and the event unfold which ignited the Black Lives Matter campaign right across the world but also here in the UK.”
He said KPMG was already a member of a number of equality initiatives and the firm had committed itself to an externally published Black Lives Action Plan.
Mr McCalla-Leacy, also took the opportunity to ask the Queen to pass on his thanks to the Prince of Wales.
As a former international white-water canoe slalom competitor he was supported by the Prince’s Trust early in his sporting career.
He said: “Receiving the support that I did, and when I did, changed my life and I will never forget this.”
Acknowledging the success of her son’s youth charity, the Queen replied: “I’ll indeed pass it on to my son, who is very proud of the idea of the Prince’s Trust, which I think has helped a lot of people.”
The Queen also spoke to David McIntosh, who joined KPMG as an apprentice in 2017, whose father was a Falklands veteran, served with the Scots Guard and also guarded Buckingham Palace in the 1980s.
He said: “So meeting with you today, brings me very full circle, I’m so very proud of him and I’m sure he’s so proud of me today.”
Speaking about the benefits of video calls, Her Majesty replied: “Well thank goodness for technology, so one can still do this.”
At the end of the call, the Queen was treated to a virtual performance of We Wish You A Merry Christmas from KPMG’s choir wearing Christmas jumpers, hats and reindeer antler headbands.
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