Queen presents poetry award over Zoom after hospital stay

Queen carries on WFHC (that’s Working From Her Castle)… Her Majesty beams as she presents a poetry award over Zoom while continuing recuperation after hospital stay that forced her to cancel going to COP conference

  • Her Majesty beamed as she virtually presented David Constantine with The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry
  • Wearing a floral dress, the monarch looked in good spirits as she appeared from Windsor Castle
  • English poet Mr Constantine was accompanied by the Poet Laureate Simon Armitage
  • Buckingham Palace announced earlier this week that the Queen would not be going to Cop26 summit
  • She had earlier had preliminary tests in hospital after cancelling a trip to Northern Ireland
  • Die koningin today presented a poetry award over Zoom from Windsor Castle as she appeared for the second time after spending time in hospital and pulling out of the Cop26 summit.

    Her Majesty beamed as she virtually presented English poet David Constantinewho was at Buckingham-paleiswith The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry this afternoon.

    Wearing a floral dress and a pearl necklace, the monarch looked in good spirits as she spoke to Mr Constantine, who was accompanied by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.

    Vroeër hierdie week, Buckingham Palace announced that she would not be attending the Cop26 summit, after she had cancelled a trip to Noord-Ierland and had preliminary tests in hospital the following day during her first overnight stay at a medical facility in eight years.

    Gister, royal experts suggested that there could now be a ‘reassessment and possibly a slight gear change in the kind of work the Queen doesfollowing her withdrawal from the environmental summit in Glasgow.

    The Queen today presented a poetry award over Zoom from Windsor Castle as she appeared for the second time after spending time in hospital and pulling out of the Cop26 summit

    The Queen today presented a poetry award over Zoom from Windsor Castle as she appeared for the second time after spending time in hospital and pulling out of the Cop26 summit

    Announcing The Queen’s engagement today, Buckingham Palace gesê: ‘Her Majesty The Queen today conducted a virtual Audience via video link from Windsor Castle.

    'Mnr. David Constantine was received by The Queen this afternoon via video link when Her Majesty presented him with The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry.

    ‘The Poet Laureate, Professor Simon Armitage, was present.

    Mr Constantine, 77, is also a novelist and writer of short stories. He has published several poetry collections, including ‘Collected Poems’ in 2004 and ‘Elder’ in 2014.

    The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry was was instituted in 1933 by King George V with the recipient chosen by a committee chaired by the Poet Laureate. Previous winners include John Betjeman, Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes.

    Her Majesty will continue to work behind the scenes while next week’s climate change summit takes place in Glasgow and record a video messagebut there could now be a chance in the distances she travels in future.

    Dit kom te midde van vrese vir die gesondheid van Queen – wat 'n videoboodskap sal verfilm wat na afgevaardigdes in Glasgow uitgesaai sal word – nadat sy verlede Woensdag gedwing is om 'n besoek aan Noord-Ierland om die 11de uur te kanselleer.

    Paleisbronne het daarop aangedring dat haar besluit om nie na Skotland te reis nie bloot 'n 'sinvolle voorsorgmaatreël' was’ in die lig van haar dokter se raad om te rus en dat sy vasbeslote was dat die konferensie 'n sukses moes wees.

    'n Ander bron het gesê dit sou 'onwys gewees het'’ vir die koningin om die 800 myl heen-en-weer reis van Windsor na Glasgow te maak vir die groot geleentheid wat daarop gemik is om deurslaggewende wêreldwye optrede teen klimaatsverandering saam te stem.

    Royal expert Roya Nikkhah said yesterday: 'Ons het gister 'n paar baie interessante agtergrondleiding gehad van koninklike bronne wat gesê het dat hoewel sy nie persoonlik daar gaan wees nie, sy gaan hierdie week hierdie video-adres verfilm en sy gaan agter die skerms werk om seker te maak daar is betekenisvolle aksies.

    'En ek het gedink wat regtig interessant was, is die leiding wat ons gehad het dat sy baie gretig is dat ander wêreldleiers en staatshoofde nie haar afwesigheid as 'n verskoning gebruik om dit nie by te woon nie. So sy volg dit baie, baie nou.’

    Her Majesty beamed as she virtually presented English poet David Constantine - wat by Buckingham-paleis was - with The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry this afternoon

    Her Majesty beamed as she virtually presented English poet David Constantine – wat by Buckingham-paleis was – with The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry this afternoon

    Mev Nikkah, koninklike redakteur van die Sunday Times, wat met BBC Radio 4 se Today-program gepraat het, bygevoeg: 'Dit is nogal 'n reis vir 'n 95-jarige en sy het 'n paar weke lank hierdie ongelooflik volgepakte openbare en private dagboek gehad, wat haar natuurlik redelik moeg gelaat het.

    'En ek dink die gevoel was waarskynlik - ons weet nie, want ons is nie dokters nie - maar die gevoel was waarskynlik van haar dokters dit was 'n bietjie baie vir haar om op te gaan en dit alles te doen.

    'En dit is nie net die reis nie - dit is ook aan die gang. Dit vermaak en huisves ook wêreldleiers, om met hulle te praat oor klimaatsverandering en dit alles - ek dink die gevoel is waarskynlik dat dit op die oomblik net 'n bietjie te veel is totdat sy weer op volle sterkte is.’

    Sy gaan voort: 'Ek dink daar sal 'n herbeoordeling wees en moontlik 'n effense ratverandering in die soort werk wat die koningin doen, die afstande wat sy aflê, maar ek dink nie ons sal sien nie – alles gaan goed, if the Queen is able to continue with public duties as we hope that she will be – I think we will still see her out and about as much as she and her doctors feel she can – but I think there will be a gear change, en haar private sekretaresses en haar dagboeksekretaresses kyk na verlowings wat inkom en dink waarby moet Haar Majesteit die Koningin werklik wees, en wat voel sy kan sy regtig doen. So I think there will be a constant review going forwards now.

    The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry presented to David Constantine at Buckingham Palace, Londen, during a virtual audience by Queen Elizabeth II

    The Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry presented to David Constantine at Buckingham Palace, Londen, during a virtual audience by Queen Elizabeth II

    Duchess of Cornwall chats to Geri Horner and Alexandra Burke at St James’s Palace reception for winners of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

    Die Duchess Of Cornwall appeared in high spirits as she met with Alexadra Bruke and Geri Horner to host a reception for the winners of the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition today.

    Celebrating the world’s oldest international writing competition for schools, the Duchess stepped out at St JamesPalace in Londen to award winners and runners up with their certificates.

    Camilla, 74, cut an elegant figure in navy suit and warmly greeted 49-year-old Spice Girl Geri Horner, who looked stunning in a long-sleeved white silk dress, decorated with silver embellishes and button detailing.

    In Oktober 2019, the singer attended the ceremony at Buckingham-paleis before being named an inaugural for the Royal Commonwealth Society. She also attended the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in March last year.

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    Announcing the Cop26 decision, Buckingham Palace said earlier this week: 'Volg raad om te rus, Die koningin het ligte pligte by Windsor-kasteel onderneem.

    ‘Her Majesty has regretfully decided that she will no longer travel to Glasgow to attend the evening reception of Cop26 on Monday, November 1.

    ‘Her Majesty is disappointed not to attend the reception but will deliver an address to the assembled delegates via a recorded video message.

    Die paleis het steeds nie verduidelik hoekom die koningin verlede week hospitaal toe geneem is nie. Nadat dit aangekondig is, het sy die besoek aan Noord-Ierland gekanselleer, die paleis het aanvanklik gesê die monarg het in Windsor gerus.

    Dit was net 36 ure later, nadat nuus uitgelek het, dat 'n woordvoerder bevestig het dat sy in King Edward VII se hospitaal in Londen opgeneem is vir 'voorlopige ondersoeke'.

    Aides het gehoop dat die staatshoof goed genoeg sou wees om die koninklike familie by die beraad te lei, hetsy persoonlik of via video-skakel.

    En vroeër Dinsdag het sy teruggekeer werk toe by Windsor, waar sy op dokters rus’ bestellings, vir die eerste keer sedert verlede week.

    Die foto's wys haar gesig op 'n rekenaarskerm terwyl sy die nuwe ambassadeur van die Republiek van Korea gegroet het, Gunn Kim, wat by Buckingham-paleis was. Sy het ook met die nuwe Switserse ambassadeur gepraat, Markus Leitner.

    Die koningin se besluit om nie Cop26 by te woon nie, sal 'n slag vir die organiseerders wees.

    Daar is min mense op die wêreldtoneel wat dieselfde respek en gesag as die Britse monarg afdwing.

    Met die staatshoof vermis by die geleentheid, daar word gehoop geen wêreldleiers sal haar afwesigheid as 'n rede gebruik om nie die beraad by te woon nie.

    Dit het voorheen geblyk dat Xi Jinping – president van China, nou die planeet se grootste besoedelaar – slaan die langverwagte konferensie oor.

    Die koninklike familie sal steeds deur die Prins van Wallis en die hertog van Cambridge verteenwoordig word – albei van hulle het sterk omgewingsveldtogbewyse – asook die hertogin van Cornwall en die hertogin van Cambridge.

    Senior koninklike assistente het gesê die koningin sal hard agter die skerms werk om die beraad 'n sukses te maak.

    Sy sal later hierdie week haar videoboodskap by Windsor Castle verfilm en het laat weet dat sy 'baie wil hê Cop26 moet 'n sukses wees en betekenisvolle aksies sien'.

    Today's engagement came two days after the The Queen was photographed at Windsor Castle as she spoke to the South Korean ambassador and also held an audience the ambassador from Switzerland, Markus Leitner

    Today’s engagement came two days after the The Queen was photographed at Windsor Castle as she spoke to the South Korean ambassador and also held an audience the ambassador from Switzerland, Markus Leitner

    Earlier this month she criticised world leadersinaction on addressing the climate change crisis.

    At a reception following the official opening of the Welsh parliament, the Queen referred to Cop26 and said: ‘I’ve been hearing all about Copstill don’t know who is coming. No idea. We only know about people who are not comingIt’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.

    A palace source told the Mail that the Queen was being ‘cautious and sensibleby changing her plans.

    ‘Her Majesty is following advicerest and light duties,’ hulle het gesê. ‘She remains in good spirits. Her Majesty had audiences today and is expecting a call with the Chancellor this evening, as is the norm before the Budget. There are other light engagements in the diary.

    The monarch is being carefully looked after by the Medical Household, her team of royal physicians, but the Mail revealed last week that she had carried out 19 engagements in Octobera phenomenal workload for a woman of her age.

    Two weeks ago she was forced to start using a walking stick in public for the first timea stark reminder of her advancing years.

    Oktober 16 — Queen Elizabeth II attends Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire

    Oktober 13 — Dame Imogen Cooper is received by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, Londen, where she was presented with The Queen’s Medal for Music for 2019

    Oktober 12 — Queen Elizabeth II uses a walking stick as she arrives to attend a service at Westminster Abbey in London

    And last Tuesday the monarch was on her feet for almost an hour when she held a lavish reception for guests including Microsoft founder Bill Gates and US climate envoy John Kerry, where she looked bright and cheerful.

    Buckingham Palace said she ‘remains in good spirits’, though a royal source told The Sunday Times: ‘She is knackered.

    And an insider told the Mail: ‘Her private office will constantly look at her diary and tweak it as and when is necessary.

    It also emerged that the Queen, who is deeply religious and rarely does not attend church, missed prayers at Windsor’s All Saints Chapel in Windsor on Sunday.

    She has been resting following medical advice to cancel her two-day trip to Northern Ireland.

    The Queen had a busy schedule of engagements in the first weeks of October following her return from Balmoral.

    Her hospital stay was kept a secret and only confirmed by the Palace when it was revealed by a newspaper.

    It is highly unusual that any major engagement would be cancelled at the last minute, suggesting that staff are taking no chances with the elderly head of state’s health.

    She has faced a tumultuous 18 maande, including the death of the Duke of Edinburgh as well as the acrimonious departure of Prince Harry and wife Meghan.

    Oktober 10 — Queen Elizabeth II is seen on her way to The Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor as she returns to church

    The Queen still keeps a busy diary of events and audiences and deals with her daily red boxes of official papers.

    Since she returned to Windsor from her summer break at Balmoral, the Queen has carried out 15 engagements, listed in the Court Circular, including her audiences, plus an additional trip to Ascot.

    Senior aides at Buckingham Palace are scrambling to devise a strategy for managing the Queen’s workload after being accused of misleading the public over her health.

    Sir Edward Young, the Queen’s private secretary, last night faced calls to ‘be ruthlessand purge the Monarch’s diary of functions not central to her role as head of state.

    Officials are understood to be drawing up a ‘corelist of key events that the Queen will prioritise in the next 12 maande, including the Platinum Jubilee to celebrate her 70-year reign in June.

    It comes amid reports the Queen will be accompanied by one of her children or grandchildren when she appears in public in the future to avoid having to cancel and let down the public in the event of future health scares.

    Another member of the Royal Family will be on hand to step in should she need company or assistance, het die Sunday Telegraph berig.

    Intussen, the Palace’s communications team is under pressure to be more candid should the 95-year-old Monarch require further visits to hospital.

    The Queen’s courtiers faced extensive criticism last week for failing to inform the public that she had been admitted to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London on Wednesday and stayed there overnight for tests.

    Oktober 6 — Queen Elizabeth II gestures as she meets members of the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery to mark the 150th Anniversary of the foundation of A and B Batteries, at Windsor Castle

    The media was told that she was resting at Windsor Castle and aides revealed the hospital stay only on Thursday night after news leaked out. The controversy has shone a spotlight on the growing challenge faced by the Palace in balancing the Queen’s desire to be an active head of state with needing to protect her health.

    Royal sources say the easing of Covid restrictions has resulted in a logjam of public events, adding pressure on the Queen’s diary.

    According to Buckingham Palace’s Court Circular, she has held 13 separate audiences or meetings, attended seven major events and travelled almost 900 miles since leaving Balmoral on October 1.

    Daarbenewens, every day she still reads Government papers, delivered to her in red boxes, and has a long list of private meetings.

    ‘They have to find some kind of balance,’ said Sally Bedell Smith, who has written a bestselling biography of the Queen.

    Joe Little, besturende redakteur van die tydskrif Majesty, said the Queen’s autumn schedule had been more crammed than expected, but last-minute cancellations were inevitable in the future.

    ‘Every now and again there will be this reminder that she is 95 and she can’t do what was expected of her 10, 20 jare terug,’ Mr Little said.

    Last week the BBC’s veteran Royal Correspondent Nicholas Witchell faced a backlash last night after questioning whether Buckingham Palace undermined public trust by failing to reveal the Queen had been admitted to hospital.

    In forthright comments, Mr Witchell said that journalists and the public had not been ‘given the complete picture’.

    Hy het bygevoeg: ‘The problem, dit lyk vir my, is that rumour and misinformation always thrive in the absence of proper, accurate and trustworthy information.

    But his remarks provoked criticism online. ‘Nicholas Witchell is honestly so infuriating,’ one Royal watcher wrote on Twitter. ‘The Queen is 95 and like most her age, she’ll be in and out of hospital for various tests because that’s what happens at that age no matter how fit you are. She doesn’t need to disclose her every move, let her have some dignity.

    Oktober 4 — The Queen is shown the baton that will carry her personal message at Buckingham Palace in London ahead of the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Statebondspele

    Oktober 2 -- Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on at the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament

    Oktober 2 — Queen Elizabeth II shakes hands with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall looks on at the opening of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament

    The Queen was seen using a walking stick for the first time at a major engagement during a Westminster Abbey service on October 12.

    On Thursday October 21, she was said to be in ‘good spiritsafter her hospital stay and back at her desk, undertaking light duties. But she missed a church service at Windsor on Sunday.

    Royal sources had briefed the Sunday Times that the Queen was ‘knackereddue to a busy social life and preference for late night television, as having a hectic run of engagements in October.

    The Queen’s husband of 73 years the Duke of Edinburgh died six months ago at the age of 99.

    Buckingham Palace would not comment on whether the monarch has received her booster Covid-19 jab, but given her age it is likely she has already had it.

    'N Woordvoerder van die Buckingham Palace gesê: ‘Her Majesty The Queen today conducted two virtual audiences via video link from Windsor Castle.

    ‘His Excellency Mr Gunn Kim was received in audience by The Queen today via video link and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the Court of St James’s.

    Mrs Hee Jung Lee was also received by Her Majesty.

    ‘His Excellency Mr Markus Leitner was received in audience by The Queen and presented the Letters of Recall of his predecessor and his own Letters of Credence as Ambassador from the Swiss Confederation to the Court of St. James’s. Mrs Leitner was also received by Her Majesty.

    The Queen’s busy schedule before a night in hospital

    The Queen attended a number of engagements before spending a night in hospital on Wednesday last week. She was ordered to rest by doctors and advised to miss a trip to Northern Ireland following her busy schedule.

    Here is what the 95-year-old monarch has been up to since her return to Windsor Castle at the start of October:

    – Oktober 6: The Queen holds two virtual audiences at Windsor with the Greek ambassador and the ambassador for Belize.

    She meets Canadian troops from 1st Regiment Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, and later has a telephone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

    – Oktober 7: Die koningin, with the Earl of Wessex, launches the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games from the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

    – Oktober 12: Die koningin, accompanied by the Princess Royal, attends a Westminster Abbey service of thanksgiving to mark the centenary of the Royal British Legion.

    She uses a walking stick at the abbeythe first time she has done so at a major event.

    – Oktober 13: The monarch has a face-to-face audience with pianist Dame Imogen Cooper to present her with the Queen’s Medal for Music. She also holds three other audiences.

    – Oktober 14: On an away day to Cardiff, the Queen delivers a speech at the sixth session of the Welsh Senedd.

    – Oktober 16: The Queen enjoys a day at the races at Ascot, and presents the trophy after the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes during the Qipco British Champions Day.

    – Oktober 18: She holds a virtual audience with the new Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro.

    – Oktober 19: The Queen has three engagementstwo virtual audiences with the Japanese ambassador and the EU ambassador, and then hosts an evening reception at Windsor Castle to mark the Global Investment Summit.

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