Queen admits she ‘can’t move’ at first in-person engagement since close encounter with COVID

The Queen carried out her first in-person engagement today since her COVID-19 scare last week, following The Prince of Wales’ positive test for the virus after they spent time together.

At the time, Buckingham Palace refused to confirm whether The Queen tested positive or negative, due to medical privacy, but said she was not displaying any symptoms. This view was still taken after The Duchess of Cornwall tested positive, too.

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Her Majesty met the incoming Defence Services Secretary, Major General Eldon Millar, and his predecessor Rear Admiral James Macleod at Windsor Castle.

The Monarch could be heard remarking: “Oh. I’m here! I thought you might have just stayed in there for ages. Good morning.”

Asked how she was, The Queen giving a big smile, wearing a floral dress whilst holding a walking stick, and responded: “Well as you can see I can’t move.”

The Queen carried out her first in-person engagement today since her covid scare. (Royal Family)

This is the second time she has used a walking stick in public this year. The first being at Sandringham during an event to mark her Platinum Jubilee, but we first saw the walking aid back in October.

Rear Admiral James Macleod remarked: “Well, many congratulations on the start of your Jubilee year.”

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The Queen replied: “Oh thank you very much indeed.”

Rear Admiral Macleod mentioned The Queen’s dorgi, Candy: “I notice you’ve got Candy keeping guard because as we came down the corridor she was not going to let us get anywhere near you.’

Candy also made an appearance whilst The Queen viewed a collection of memorabilia from her jubilees.

Major General Eldon Millar added: “She gave a little growl as we came in.”

The Queen replied: “Oh really? She doesn’t normally growl.”

Rear Admiral Macleod jokingly said: “She obviously can see through us.”

The visit happened after it was announced the Metropolitan Police launched an investigation into cash-for-honours allegations involving Prince Charles’s charity, The Prince’s Foundation.

The engagement comes a day after her son, Prince Andrew, reached a ‘settlement in principle’ in the civil claim filed by Virginia Giuffre. Documents show The Duke of York will make a ‘substantial donation’ to Virginia Giuffre’s charity.

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