Queen Elizabeth II, 93, – head of the Royal Family household – has had a long time to develop relationships with many people over the years. As the UK death toll rises to 422 and Britain is trying to contain the growing Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, pandemic, British photographer Arthur Edwards MBE shared a heartwarming message on social media earlier this week that revealed a part of the “amazing” sense of humour of the Queen.
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Taking to his Twitter, Mr Edwards shared with his followers an image of himself with the Queen.
Writing beside the photo he wrote: “In 2003 the Queen presented me with an MBE at Buckingham Palace.
“2 weeks later at the Windsor Horse Show, Her Majesty took me completely by surprise when she asked me: ‘Why are you not wearing your medal?’
“I mumbled something, but quickly realised the Queen was enjoying the joke.”
The photographer revealed he shared an intimate private joke with the Queen, and got a glimpse of the Queen’s sense of humour.
Many fans of Arthur, and the Queen, commented on his post and praised the photographer for giving them a glimpse into the personality of Her Majesty.
One fan commented: “It’s nice to hear stories about the amazing sense of humour the Queen has.”
“I love hearing these little tidbits about the Queen’s sense of humour,” a second added.
A third said: “Beautiful photo Arthur… so well deserved…xx”
“What a moment. What a woman. What a Queen,” one simply wrote.
And another commented: “Fabulous, Arthur! What a great photo, and bless Her Majesty – we hear, so often, how she has a great sense of humour but, unfortunately, we’re never usually able to witness it.
“I hope you bought your press pal a bottle as a thank you for catching this great moment!”
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Where is the Queen right now?
Currently, Queen Elizabeth is said to be self-isolating with Prince Philip, 97, at Windsor Castle.
She made the move from Buckingham Palace in London last week, the move was prompted by the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the capital.
Due to the Queen and Prince Philip’s age they are considered to be classed as high-risk individuals amid the coronavirus outbreak, therefore have not made any public appearances in recent weeks.
However, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, 38, and Prince William, 37, visited some of the frontline NHS staff last week, during a visit to an NHS 111 call centre in Croydon.
This was the first engagement the Royal Family has publicly undertaken out and about in connection with the pandemic.
The unannounced visit took place on Thursday, but was kept secret so as to not put any additional pressure on the centre, avoid crowds gathering and not clash with the Queen’s statement to the nation in which she urged the country to “work as one”.
Afterward, William said: “The last few weeks, and more recent days, have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus.
“But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good.
“Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. They need our support as much as we need theirs.
“That is why Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most. It was also brilliant to see great online tools for those with mild symptoms or worries.”
He added: “All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus.”
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