LONDON | Queen Elizabeth II received Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Windsor Castle on Monday, the first official face-to-face engagement since the sovereign was infected with COVID-19.
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The Canadian leader, visiting the UK to discuss the war in Ukraine with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, took the sovereign’s ungloved hand in his hands and they spoke, all smiles.
Elizabeth II, who turns 96 next month, tested positive for coronavirus on February 20.
After canceling engagements two weeks ago, the Queen last week held several audiences with diplomats by videoconference from Windsor Castle, where she has been residing since the pandemic.
Since a night spent in the hospital in October for “examinations” the nature of which has never been specified, the appearances of the sovereign have become rare.
But the palace recently announced a resumption of its public activities, including a ceremony on March 29 at Westminster Abbey in memory of Prince Philip, her husband who died last year.
Elizabeth II passed the milestone of 70 years of reign on February 6 and four days of festivities are planned in June in the United Kingdom to celebrate this platinum jubilee.