The Queen hosted Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Windsor Castle on Tuesday, marking her first in-person audience at a royal residence since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Wearing a vibrant yellow floral dress, the 95-year-old monarch was seen standing with her hands behind her back as she chatted to Morrison, before brushing off a compliment from the PM.
Speaking about the Queen's recent visit to Cornwall to meet G7 leaders, Scott Morrison remarked: "You were quite the hit. Everyone was talking about you at dinner the next night."
The Queen replied: "Oh Lord. Were they really?"
To which Morrison added: "They were. They were thrilled to see you."
Since the start of the pandemic, the Queen has held scores of virtual audiences at Windsor, with guests usually speaking to her via video-link from Buckingham Palace.
So this was the first time the head of state has been photographed carrying out an audience in person, rather than virtually, since March 2020, just before England’s first lockdown.
To that end she also told Morrison: "Very nice to see you – in person this time."
Morrison's wife Jennifer was also present for the private audience.
The Queen had a busy weekend, including welcoming world leaders at the G-7 Summit on Friday, celebrating her public birthday with a scaled-down Trooping the Colour on Saturday, and having tea with US President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Sunday.
However, the American leaders may have breached apparent royal protocol early on, after reportedly arriving at one of the first official events, the Eden Project reception on Friday, after the Queen.
A guide of Regal do's and don'ts published by the BBC suggests guests should arrive before the Queen.
But any apparent faux pas is likely to have been ignored by the Queen, who is said to not actually be overly concerned by protocol.
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