Queen Elizabeth unveils statue of herself in Adelaide, gets COVID-19 update via video call

Queen Elizabeth II has unveiled a statue of herself in South Australia during a video call from Windsor Castle.

Her Majesty also paid tribute to the state’s frontline health care workers and asked about the progress of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout.

The conference took place between the monarch and South Australia Governor Hieu Van Le and Premier Steven Marshall MP.

The statue has been installed in the grounds of Government House in Adelaide.

On seeing the sculpture Queen Elizabeth said: “It must be quite alarming to suddenly see it out of the window you’d think, gracious, has she arrived unexpectedly”.

The statue was created by Robert Hannaford AM, who later joined the call to present Her Majesty with a ‘maquette’ – a scale model of the statue, which has been sent on to the queen as a memento.

On receiving the maquette, Her Majesty thanked the sculptor and said, “I’m glad it’s not quite as big as the original statue”.

During the call, which took place on February 24, Queen Elizabeth was briefed by the governor and premier on developments in the region, including the vaccination program, the response to COVID-19 and the lifting of restrictions in South Australia.

The queen also heard from the governor about the recovery from drought and bushfires in the area at the start of 2020.

Her Majesty was told about how cooperation between health services, police, government – and the resilience of the Australian people – has been instrumental in their frontline response to the pandemic.

In May, 2020, Queen Elizabeth spoke to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to get an update on Australia’s response to the pandemic.

In the video call Her Majesty is wearing a pink dress and the pearl and diamond trefoil brooch, first seen on the monarch in the 1980s.

The piece of jewellery is worn often by the queen for daytime engagements and is described by author Leslie Field as “a large diamond…set with pearls having a pearl and diamond cluster in the centre.”

It features two ribbon scrolls at the base.

Queen Elizabeth has been conducting various engagements via video conferencing since the first wave of the coronavirus in March, 2020.

She moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle where she has remained for the majority of the health crisis.

Source: nine.com

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