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Queen seen for the first time after pulling out of Commonwealth Day service as she ‘paces herself’ following Covid scare

Queen seen for the first time after pulling out of Commonwealth Day service as she ‘paces herself’ following Covid scare Queen seen for the first time after pulling out of Commonwealth Day service as she ‘paces herself’ following Covid scare

THE Queen was today seen for the first time since she pulled out of her annual Commonwealth Day service.

Her Majesty, 95, beamed as she welcomed the new Governor General of Canada and her husband at Windsor Castle for tea this afternoon.

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The Queen beamed as she welcomed the new Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon and her husband Mr Whit Fraser[/caption]

Mary Simon and Whit Fraser joined the monarch in the Oak Room after she skipped her Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey on Monday.

There had been worries about her “comfort” on the 30-mile Windsor to London drive and during the hour-long ceremony.

She has also been ordered to “pace herself” and there are “no guarantees” that she will attend Prince Philip’s Thanksgiving Service in two weeks.

But in her annual message for the Commonwealth Service the Queen wrote of her commitment to carry on serving.

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And sources have stressed the 95-year-old monarch, who has just recovered from Covid, is not ill and is “as committed to her duties of state as ever”.

Earlier today, she received the ambassadors of Mongolia and Tajikistan via video-link at her Berkshire royal residence.

Mongolian ambassador Enkhsukh Battumur, in traditional dress, presented his letters of credence as he spoke to the monarch online.

The Queen also greeted Rukhshona Emomali, the republic of Tajikistan’s diplomat.

It comes after Prince Charles stood in for his mother in Westminster Abbey for the annual celebration of the Commonwealth on Monday.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge also attended the event yesterday afternoon, along with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.

In her message on Commonwealth Day, the Queen said it had made her happy, during her Platinum Jubilee year, to reaffirm the pledge she made in 1947 as a 21-year-old to devote her life in service.

In the event’s programme, the Queen wrote: “In this year of my Platinum Jubilee, it has given me pleasure to renew the promise I made in 1947, that my life will always be devoted in service.

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“Today, it is rewarding to observe a modern, vibrant and connected Commonwealth that combines a wealth of history and tradition with the great social, cultural and technological advances of our time.

“That the Commonwealth stands ever taller is a credit to all who have been involved.”

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Her Majesty is understood to be pacing herself after her recent Covid scare[/caption]
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The Duchess of Cambridge stunned in a blue outfit as she joined senior Royals at Westminster Abbey[/caption]
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson greeted the Royal Family inside the Abbey[/caption]
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Prince Charles and Camilla arrived at Westminster Abbey[/caption]

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