Coronavirus: Royal Family shares picture of Queen on the phone to Boris Johnson

File photo dated 24/07/19 of Queen Elizabeth II welcoming newly elected leader of the Conservative party Boris Johnson during an audience in Buckingham Palace, London. As the UK leaves the EU at 11pm on Friday, the Queen will be at Sandringham, her private estate in Norfolk, where she is spending her annual winter break.
Queen Elizabeth holds a regular weekly audience with the prime minister. (Getty Images)

The Royal Family has shared a rare image of the Queen’s weekly audience with Boris Johnson as she holds it over the phone.

The Queen meets weekly with the sitting prime minister, a regular meeting she has hosted since taking the throne.

But amid the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting has moved to being held on the phone, rather than in person.

The photo, of the Queen at Windsor Castle, comes after her son was revealed to be the first British royal to have contracted the disease.

Prince Charles, 71, is self-isolating separately from his wife Camilla at their Scottish home in Balmoral, after a test confirmed he had COVID-19.

Camilla, who is called the Duchess of Rothesay in Scotland, has tested negative.

Charles is thought to have been contagious around 13 March. He last saw the Queen on 12 March but she is said to be in good health.

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On Wednesdays, the Queen holds an audience with the Prime Minister in the evening following PM’s Questions in the House of Commons.

This can vary if either the Queen or the Prime Minister are away. The day will either be changed or they speak on the telephone.

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The Royal Family has also used its social media accounts to praise and thank those responding to the coronavirus crisis.

On Wednesday, they thanked volunteers up and down the country who are responding, as well as noting how many people had replied to the government’s call for 250,000 people to specifically help vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

More than 400,000 people signed up after the plea from Matt Hancock, the health secretary.

In another message, the Royal Family wrote: “Thank you to organisations such as the @RoyalVolService who have been supporting and furthering this recruitment drive. Volunteers always have a huge role to play in society, but never more so than in difficult times - and for that we salute you.”

It’s understood the Queen will make a televised address to the nation at some point.

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Her grandson Prince William and his wife Kate paid a visit to an NHS 111 call centre last week to thank staff who are responding to the public.

William was also the first royal to make a public statement on COVID-19, helping the National Emergencies Trust to launch a fundraising appeal.

According to the Press Association, members of the Royal Family are holding their meetings by telephone now. Charles, the Duke of Cambridge and the Earl of Wessex have all participated in telephone meetings or video conferences over the past couple of days.