This Video of Queen Elizabeth Learning to Video Call Is the Best Thing on the Internet
Like the rest of the world, the British royal family was completely taken by surprise by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Queen Elizabeth II is used to an extremely hectic working schedule despite her advanced age. In fact, her royal staff did not place her into isolation with Prince Philip until the last possible second.
In mid-March, the queen left Buckingham Palace in London for her country home, Windsor Castle where she remained isolated with 22-staff members for four months. These vital staff members isolated on the grounds of the castle away from their families so there was no risk of infection the queen or Duke of Edinburgh.
Still, in order to keep up with her children, great-grandchildren, and great-great-children as well as the people of the U.K. and the Commonwealth, the queen learned how to video call. Watching her figure out the technology behind it is the best thing on the internet.
Queen Elizabeth II maintained her busy schedule in quarantine
When the queen was first put into self-quarantine, there was a great deal of concern. Some royal experts feared the pandemic would force her into early retirement. Others were concerned that the queen would feel much too restless. However, Queen Elizabeth was able to maintain her busy schedule. The queen believes, “if I stop I drop.” Ingrid Seward, editor of Majesty Magazine told Sky News,
If you think about it, her entire life has been one of duty. Even from when she was a tiny child her day was very regulated. So she will be very unused to this. She has probably been doing some of the things we have all been doing like going through draws and photo albums. Certainly, one thing is that she will have been kept busy.
This Netflix show was Queen Elizabeth’s obsession quarantine
In addition to keeping busy, the queen also found a way to amuse herself. Apparently, she’s become obsessed with the ITV series, The Durrells which is currently streaming on Netflix.
The series follows a British family in the 1930s who moves to Corfu, Greece for a new start. Actor Josh O’Connor who plays Prince Charles on Netflix The Crown also stars on The Durrells. O’Connor was delighted to find out that the queen adores his show. He told Radio Times,
A crew member said that someone who saw the picture told him, ‘I loved him in The Durrells, it’s one of my favorite shows.’ I just said, ‘Oh, that’s good,’ thanked him and walked off. They said it was the most under-appreciated reply to their story. Because the fan they were talking about was the Queen.
Princess Anne taught Queen Elizabeth how to video call in quarantine
Zoom, Google Hangouts, and FaceTime among other video chat services are currently keeping us connected and the queen has mastered them. ITV’s royal correspondent Chris Ship just shared a clip from the forthcoming documentary, Anne: The Princess Royal at 70. In the video, Princess Anne is showing her mother how to use e Webex (an online chat platform).
In the video, the queen gets on before thanking the people on the video call for joining. “Good morning, I’m very glad to have been able to join you,” she says. To which Anne replies, “Can you see everybody? You should have six people on your screen.”
Ship captioned the video saying,
Watch the moment Princess Anne tried to teach her elderly mother about a video call on @webex . But her elderly mother is, err, the Queen. The Princess Royal also talks about how her ‘outdoor learning’ ideas for home-schooling were not eagerly taken up by her grandchildren.