The Coronavirus pandemic has brought with it a lot of new ways of life.
From queuing outside the supermarket for 20 minutes, to only seeing friends and family outside, to working from home – including the only face time with your colleagues being over video call.
There have been no exceptions to these social distancing restrictions as we’ve seen exemplified by many celebrities and now, the Queen.
Yes, Queen Elizabeth II has become the first monarch to engage in a video call by talking to carers with her daughter Anne, the Princess Royal to mark Carers Week 2020.
The monarch spoke from Windsor Castle to four carers Alex, Amna, Mary and Nadia about their recent experiences of caring (unpaid) for vulnerable people shielding, as well as to the Carer’s Trust chief executive.
‘It’s interesting listening to all your tales,’ the 94-year-old told those on the chat. ‘And I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already. I’m very glad to have been able to join you today.’
This is the first public video call the Queen has taken part in, though she is thought to have privately called members of her family during lockdown.
For her birthday in April, she spoke to her grandson Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and their son Archie from Los Angeles.
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – who by now are professional video callers taking part in bingo with elderly people in a care home and virtual interviews with the BBC – also spoke of their experiences speaking to the royal family over Zoom.
‘As you can imaging the younger generation are a little more tech-savvy,’ William joked. ‘The family are getting a little bit more used to being able to contact each other and press the right buttons and not dropping the computer half way through.
‘It’s so true,’ Kate agreed. ‘And I think your father and my parents and our families have really loved keeping in touch with the children because they know it’s really hard… I’m not going to lie, it gets a bit hectic with the two-year-old,’ to which William explained that their youngest son Prince Louis is always tempted to press the red button.