The Queen jokes about a new statue of herself during a long distance video call

Always looking on the brighter side of life

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There may be a lot going on in the royal family at the moment, but that doesn't mean to say that The Queen has lost her sense of humour. In fact, she even made two jokes on a recent long-distance video call to Australia.

·   The Queen took a video call with Australian government representatives last week

·   The call was to unveil a new statue of herself, which has been placed in the grounds of the government house in Adelaide

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With Prince Philip in hospital and Prince Harry revealing his stresses of being part of the royal family there's a lot for the Queen to be down about - but she still managed to crack a joke on this video call.

She took the video call last Wednesday, with the palace just releasing photos and a video, which shows her interacting with the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency the Hon. Hieu Van Le, and the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, Premier of South Australia.

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Calling from Windsor Castle the Queen was delighted to see a statue of herself being unveiled. Made by Sculptor Robert Hannaford AM it will stand in the grounds of the government's building in Adelaide.

When the statue was unveiled the Monarch joked: "It must be quite alarming to suddenly see it out of the window - you'd think, gracious, has she arrived unexpectedly!"

While the Queen, who was dressed elegantly in a pink jacket and her statement pearls, also held up a smaller version of the statue, known as a 'maquette,' - which the sculptor sent to her as a keepsake. Also making a joke about the memento she said: "I'm glad it’s not quite as big as the original statue!"

It's been a worrying week for her husband, Prince Philip, who yesterday was transferred to Bartholomew's hospital for further treatment and observation. However, the Queen has been keeping busy and also revealed, on social media last week how easy and quick getting the Covid-19 jab was.

Sarah Finley

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