Queen Elizabeth participated in her first-ever public video call that was released last Thursday by Buckingham Palace. During the call, the Queen saluted the many unpaid caregivers across the U.K.

The Queen was joined by her daughter, Princess Anne, in the video call to mark “Careers Week” which celebrates the work that over seven million people do across the U.K. helping and caring for friends and family without pay.

Queen Elizabeth and Princess Anne talked to caregivers Alex, Amna, Mary and Nadia, and the chief executive of the Carers Trust, Gareth Howell.

“Interesting listening to all your tales and stories. I’m very impressed by what you have achieved already. I am very glad to have been able to join you today,” the Queen said.

Carers Trust is a charity formerly known as The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. Princess Anne is the president of the organization and originally set it up to recognize and support unpaid caregivers across the U.K. “Her Majesty was very keen to understand the stories of each of the carers,” Howell said. “She shared a lot and asked questions about the support they are currently getting as unpaid carers. She was keen to understand how the coronavirus has impacted them as such.”

“It was a really useful discussion. All of them were surprised by the engagement. They weren’t just there to get a photo opportunity. It was good to see the Royal Family take an interest in such an important piece of work,” Howell continued.

Other members of the royal family, especially Prince William, Kate Middleton and Prince Charles, have also made it a priority to keep in contact with their respective causes and charities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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