The Queen makes a virtual appearance as she supports the Countess of Wessex amid health scare

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The Queen has made her first appearance since returning to Windsor Castle.

The Queen has only been back at Windsor Castle for a matter of weeks but she’s hit the ground running and embarked upon her first royal engagement this week.

The 94-year-old Monarch dialled into a video call with Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and eye health professionals from around the world to mark World Sight Day.

She wore a blue dress for the occasion and looked thrilled to be appearing virtually from Windsor Castle.

It comes after Sophie Wessex revealed she was self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for coronavirus.

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson confirmed that while Sophie was isolating at home - as per the government guidelines - she was not experiencing any symptoms.

"Earlier this week the Countess of Wessex came into contact with someone who has subsequently tested positive for COVID-19," the statement read.

"Her Royal Highness is not experiencing any symptoms, but is following all relevant government guidelines and is self-isolating at home."

Despite self-isolating Sophie still joined in the video call and thanked her mother-in-law for joining them to mark World Sight Day.

She said, “You’ve heard it from me before as to how important the work is and I know that you’ve been very supportive. But to give us your time this afternoon to celebrate World Sight Day 2020 is truly very very special.”

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The Queen added, “I must say I am very impressed by all the work that is going on. Well done.”

While Her Majesty has safely returned to Windsor Castle, her husband, Prince Philip, remains at Sandringham - where the couple stayed over summer.

Although she has resumed royal duties, the Queen has made the difficult decision to cancel all major events atBuckingham PalaceandWindsor Castlefor the rest of the year due to the ongoing global pandemic.

With the Queen classed as being in the “vulnerable” category, her health is of utmost importance.

Georgia Farquharson

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