The Royal Family Twitter account posted a picture of the Queen and Mr Johnson speaking on the telephone to each other. This shows the monarch in a room adorned with ornaments, including a china corgi. The image is accompanied with the tweet: “The Queen held her weekly Audience with the Prime Minister today by telephone. Her Majesty – pictured this evening at Windsor Castle – has held a weekly Audience with her Prime Minister throughout her reign.”
The Queen also held her weekly audience with Mr Johnson by telephone last week.
She regularly holds an audience with the Prime Minister in the evening following Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons every Wednesday.
But this can vary if either person is away ion official duties.
The weekly call between the Queen and the Prime Minister came hours after it was confirmed Prince Charles has tested positive for coronavirus.
This means the day of their weekly audience will either be changed or they will speak on the telephone.
The coronavirus outbreak spreading throughout the country means members of the Royal Family now hold more meetings by telephone as opposed to in person.
Prince William is one of a number of royals to have participated in telephone meetings or video conferences over the past couple of days.
The call between the Queen and the Prime Minister came hours after Clarence House said Prince Charles had tested positive for coronavirus.
A spokesman said the 71-year-old is displaying “mild symptoms” of the virus but is in good health as he self-isolates at Birkhall in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Charles’ wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, who is also at Birkhall, has tested negative for coronavirus, and is separating herself from her husband.
The couple were tested by the NHS in Aberdeenshire on Monday, with Clarence House insisting “they met the criteria required for testing”.
Charles last saw the Queen on March 12 at a private meeting at Buckingham Palace.
This was not attended by Prince Philip, who at the time was thought to be at Sandringham.
Buckingham Palace said the Queen, who is currently staying at Windsor Castle with the Duke of Edinburgh, remains in good health and is following all appropriater advice.
But it is unclear when Charles last came into contact with his son Prince William, who is in Norfolk with his wife Kate, and their three children – Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.
He has spoken to both William and Prince Harry, who is in Canada with the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle and their young son Archie.
The prince has also been in contact with the Queen.
Clarence House said in a statement: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus.
“He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.
“In accordance with Government and medical advice, the prince and the duchess are now self-isolating at home in Scotland.
“The tests were carried out by the NHS in Aberdeenshire where they met the criteria required for testing.”
A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said: “Her majesty the Queen remains in good health.
“The Queen last saw the Prince of Wales briefly after the investiture on the morning of March 12 and is following all the appropriate advice with regard to her welfare.”
The Queen will likely make a public address to the country over the coming weeks to pay tribute to the health workers treating those that have become ill from coronavirus.
She is also expected to sympathise with families and offer support to thew nation living in lockdown in a desperate attempt to combat the virus.
Published at Wed, 25 Mar 2020 20:13:00 +0000